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Christina Plante, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Why Mind Map 

A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts and takes brainstorming to the next level. It is visual thinking tool that helps structure information to better analyze, understand, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas. In a mind map, information is structured in a way that mimics more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it allows your brain to activate all its cognitive functions.  

  • Note taking 

  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups) 

  • Problem solving 

  • Studying and memorization 

  • Planning 

  • Presenting information 

  • Gaining insight on complex subjects 

  • Self-awareness  

  • Decision making  

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
Explore Careers.

Career and major exploration can be one of the most important, and the most frustrating, pieces of figuring out what to do with your life.  In the Career Center, we like for you to focus on values, skills and competencies, rather than major equals career; the more skills you build and the more able y

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
Resources for First-Gen and LI Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Navigating college as a first-generation and/or low-income student can be challenging in itself. Not knowing the resources that are available and how to access them can make things even more difficult. Did you know that there are quite a few Duke and non-Duke resources available to assist and support you throughout your college experience?

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

If you are a student who identifies as Black, Latinx, or Indigenous, your unique experiences and culture play a huge role in who

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

Navigating college can be difficult, especially if you’re the first from your family to do so. Many years ago I left my small hometown to embark on a new journey called college. Being the first person from my family to attend a four-year university, I was excited, proud, and nervous all at the same time. Navigating the four years became a huge learning experience as I fumbled my way through campus, learned how to stand alone without my family nearby, and created lifelong relationships. Of course I made some mistakes along the way, missed out on opportunities because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and underestimated resources that could have made my college years much easier.

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Blog Author:
Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

You might be considering positions in software engineering or others that will require a test of your technical skills.  In addition to the traditional behavioral interview (if you need help here, make an appointment with a career adviser and we can practice your behavioral interview skills), you may be asked to solve a problem in front of your interviewer. 

Here are some of the most important things to think about:

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A Devil's Perspective. Ivy Jiang '21

Is your room getting messy? Have no fear! The Career Center has curated and released virtual backgrounds for your Zoom needs. Check them out in the "Virtual Zoom Backgrounds" album on our Facebook!

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
What can I do with this major? logo

Have you found a subject that you’re really interested in and then find yourself thinking, what can I do with a major in this? If so, trust me when I tell you that you are not alone. To be very honest, I posed that same question to my adviser when I was in undergraduate school.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

First years, as you continue to navigate Duke and explore various resources, the Career Center would like for you use your Duke Career Center website as a valuable resource. In doing so, we would like to share with you the top six places you should visit on the site. This information can be helpful as you are trying to understand the services the Career Center provides, updating your resumes, and thinking about major selection.

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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First years, as you are taking the time to get adjusted and acclimated into your new environment, you may want to start exploring Duke and looking into clubs/organizations of interest. In doing so, you may notice that some clubs/organizations will ask for a resume. How comfortable do you feel about your resume?

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