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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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Class of 2022, guess what? You have almost made it through your first semester at Duke! With winter break coming up, I know you may be wondering what should you be doing during your break. Well, the Career Center has 5 tips to help you make the most of your winter break!

1.    Relax and enjoy time with family, friends, and your community!

2.     Reflect upon your fall semester, think about what you learned about yourself, and how you may want to approach the spring semester.

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Nathan Wilson

 

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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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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The Career Center has 6 cool suggestions for you to begin to design your Duke experience!

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Dave McDonald, Ph.D., Associate Director Graduate Student Career Services, Duke Career Center
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Resumes for software and tech positions are more than just a list of projects and coding languages. Recently we spoke with a long-time IBM employee about what he looks for when he’s reading resumes, and these are his tips.

1 Emphasize the entire Engineering Process in resumes and interviews

  • Gather requirements from clients/stakeholders
  • Design/architecture
  • Development (including programming)
  • Test/QA
  • Maintenance and documentation

2 Go beyond a programming skill set

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Class of 2022 the Career Center held the Major Mixer event a few weeks ago, which allowed students the

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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I spent a lot of time this summer speaking to people working in STEM industries about what makes them successful in their jobs, skills and technical abilities they value and other pieces of the industry which they thought would be valuable for students to consider as they move through their collegiate years.  While I did gain a lot of insight into individual jobs, I overwhelmingly got advice which is meaningful across industry, level and experience. Following are some of the important things I learned.

 

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Hi Class of 2022! These are some important things that many students wish they knew in their first year at Duke. 

1. What does the Career Center do?

Class of 2022 FAQ

The Career Center guides you through navigating Duke by assisting in the management and design of your Duke experience. We achieve this by providing opportunities for exploration of education, values, goals, skills, and experiences in order to identify and realize your aspirations. A core value in the Career Center’s mission is to enhance individual resourcefulness and responsibility in career development.

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Dave McDonald, Ph.D. and the Graduate Student Career Services Team
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The Duke University Career Center is excited to welcome you to your master's program. We are looking forward to meeting you this academic year.
 
Many master's students are surprised to find that for a number of industries, such as consulting, finance, and tech, recruiting for internships begins early in the fall semester. Because this happens so soon after you arrive, we want to provide you with information and resources to help you prepare for your search before you arrive on campus.

Here are our top 6 suggestions for being prepared:

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The Duke University Career Center is excited to welcome you to your Master'€™s program. We are looking forward to meeting you this academic year.
 
Many Master'€™s students are surprised to find that for a number of industries, recruiting for internships begins early in the fall semester. Because this happens so soon after you arrive, we want to provide you with information and resources to help you prepare for your search before you arrive on campus.
Here are our top 5 suggestions for being prepared:

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Dave McDonald, Ph.D., Asst. Director, Duke Career Center and Shuwen Zhai M'17 Economics

Where have all the Economics Master's students gone? The Graduate Student Career Services Team at the Career Center wanted to find out. With the help of our student intern, Shuwen Zhai, M'17 (now an alumna herself), we tracked down alums from Duke's Economics Master's programs using LinkedIn. We gathered data on where these students interned and what positions they found after grad school. There were some surprising trends in the internship and full-time position data, especially around geographic location, position title, and industries. Watch this video to learn more about what we found.

 

 

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