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Enter the Career Center at any day of the week recently, and you will find hordes of students dressed in suits, ties, blazers, and maybe even a briefcase or two. You may ask yourself: Why are all my peers dressed so professionally? Did I time-travel ten years into the future? Does Drop-In Career Advising have a business attire requirement that I’m unaware of?

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Monique Turrentine, Assistant Director Employer Relations, Duke Career Center
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I recently had a conversation with Taryn, a hiring manager at Voalte (acquired by Hillrom). Check out what she had to say about exploring careers and the company culture at Hillrom, as well as their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and advice to students.

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Nathan Wilson, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

 

Taking a gap year (or two) before entering medical school is becoming increasingly common. While some refer to the gap period as time off, this is misleading. Taking time between your undergraduate experience and medical school can be a worthwhile investment in yourself and thus, your future. Gap periods can be spent in any number of ways depending on your strength of candidacy, life goals, and professional aspirations. Here are some considerations for how to use your gap period, many of which can be done concurrently:

1. To Improve Your Credentials

Perhaps the most obvious choice would be to use this time period to strengthen your credentials for medical school. Before considering anything else for your gap period, make sure your GPA, MCAT score, and other application materials are where you want them to be.

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