Blog Author:
Christina Plante, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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Congratulations on getting to the end of your first year at Duke! You are in the home stretch of finishing your classes and moving on to your summer plans. This is a great time to reflect on what you learned about yourself and to think about what you hope to accomplish next year. Here is our best advice on setting yourself up for success in your sophomore year.

Find your groove

Questions to ask yourself

• If I were to choose a major at this moment, what would it be and why?

• What skills do I want to learn in order to prepare for a career?

• If I could do one thing for free, what would it be?

• What can I see myself doing for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?

• What are the positive/negative sides of choosing this major?

• What jobs/hobbies/extracurricular activities have I enjoyed the most so far?

• How would I spend my time if money didn’t matter?

• What are my goals at Duke? What are my goals in my career and life? How can they coexist?

• What is my gut telling me regarding major choice?

• Have I talked to anyone in the majors I am considering?

• Have I met a Duke alum yet, and asked them what they studied?

• Have I looked at Duke alumni on LinkedIn and/or Duke Alumni Directory to see their majors and different positions?

• What interests do I want to explore?

• Are there any problems I would like to address or solve? How might what I study factor in to my ability to tackle those problems?

• What have I been successful in so far? (You can measure this success by coursework you’ve taken, organizations you’ve founded or been a part of, athletics, or by utilizing a particular skillset.)

• What subjects do I like the most? Do these subjects come naturally to me?

Questions to ask departments or advisors

• Does this major allow for research, study abroad, and/or internships/fellowships?

• Why do students select this major?

• What are the implications of majoring in this subject versus minoring in it?

• How much flexibility does this major have? (Consider those college/life/career goals)

• What are the specific course requirements for this major?

• Are there scholarships/funding available specifically for students in this major?

• What skills will this major help me develop?

• What kinds of jobs do students with this major typically pursue?

• Is graduate school usually required to work in the fields associated with this major?

Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
Presenter in front of student audience

If you have an interest in sports, statistics, and/or computer science and you missed Charlie Rolf’s lunch presentation, you missed a real treat! During his presentation, Charlie talked about his path to the NBA, the exciting work he does, answered student questions, and stayed behind to connect with students. If you’re super disappointed you missed it, you’re in luck, I took some notes to provide insight about Charlie and what he does!

Blog Author:
Nathan Wilson, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Whether vying for a job, an internship, a scholarship, or even admission to graduate or professional school, interviewing is likely to be part of the process, and for many, the most difficult part. After all, how can you prepare to answer questions when you don’t know what they are? Any interview will require a degree of improvisation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. In fact, preparing and finding the confidence to ace your interview is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

A Devil's Perspective

Hey Duke Students!

This semester, I’ve been super stressed about what I want to accomplish this summer. Should I apply for a DukeEngage program to study abroad and immerse myself in a new culture, or work in New York City with a big consulting firm? Obviously, these two paths (for examples sake) will provide me with very different experiences… So, which one is the right choice?

Blog Author:
Leigh Ann Waring, M.A., Assistant Director-Internships, Duke University Career Center
Credit for Internships. Duke University Information

As the spring semester comes to an end, you may find yourself with a fantastic internship opportunity for the summer but in need of academic credit for the experience. This isn’t uncommon as many employers require students to receive academic credit for their internships as a way to have the university endorse the experience. Unfortunately, while Duke University encourages undergraduate students to pursue experiential learning such as internships, it does not grant academic credit for these experiences. However, do not despair!

Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
small group networking

As a first-year student, do you find connecting with individuals or networking difficult? Do you find yourself at networking events not knowing what to do? Who to talk to? What to say?

This past February, the Career Center partnered with the Duke Alumni Association to host the “Class of ‘22 Alumni Career-versations” networking event, which was a great opportunity for first-year students to connect with alums from various industries. Although several students were nervous, by the end of the event they realized they were just having conversations with the alums and sharing stories. Simple right?

Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
myth or fact?

Class of 2022, many of you may have heard myths about the Career Center or you have preconceived thoughts on the purpose of the Career Center, the services we provide, and the students we serve. Now, it is time to see if what you know about the Career Center is myth or fact!

Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
Interviewing Dos and Donts

The majority of us have this bitter sweet feeling when we know we have an upcoming interview. The excitement and joy knowing that we are moving one step

forward in the hiring process and then the anxiety of the actual interview. What should I do? What should I not do? Those are the questions that are sometimes left unanswered. The Career Center hosted a Practice Interview Day in January, we actually host the event once in the fall and once in the spring semester, and an overwhelming amount of the feedback from students was that you would like a general do’s and don’ts list for interviewing.

Blog Author:
Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
student in front of historic ruins

So you’re thinking of studying abroad in the fall, but you’re not sure what that means for recruitment season. It will definitely affect your ability to attend info sessions, connect directly with employers on campus, and manage in-person interview requests . . . but it’s totally do-able and with some preparation and planning, can be a success!

Blog Author:
Dave McDonald, Ph.D., Associate Director Graduate Student Career Services, Duke Career Center
Alum assists students with project

Employers regularly come to Duke to recruit graduate and undergraduate students. The Career Center helps these employers to host interviews, career fairs, and info sessions. But many employers rely on their usual marketing materials to promote their organizations as a great place to work. It can be difficult to make a connection with alums and other professionals who come to campus, and much of the company information shared can be found online. Plus, students may leave these sessions without much more knowledge about what careers in this field look like and what skills they need to get there.