If you’re like me, up until Duke, the word, networking, invoked mental images of electricity circuits more than anything else. Even once I got to Duke, it just wasn’t in my nature to take the sort of career-oriented steps that networking requires. If anything, I found networking unnatural and impersonal; I wanted to gain opportunities based on my merit, not on who I knew.
First-year students joined in a panel style conversation last night with William Wright-Swadel, the Fannie Mitchell Executive Director of the Career Center and David Ong, the Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting for Maximus, and two undergraduate seniors Emma Welch and Zamantha Granados. The goal was to help first-year students maximize their four years at Duke and begin early preparation for the career searches that would come in their later years. The group discussed everything from how to write your first resume to how to begin networking as early as possible. Read more about the questions and answers below:
As a first-year, you may think you wonât engage with the Career Center for at least another year. We hope youâre wrong! Look below for ways to engage and think about how you can add to your experience here at Duke!
There are four ways to stay informed about excellent ways to engage:
Senior year can be an overwhelming time. All of a sudden you have to focus on more than academics - you also have to begin thinking about the big, bad future. Your career. Your job. Your life. Luckily, Our Career Center offers the services you need to make the process a bit easier. The trick is knowing how to use them. Looking back on my senior year, I now recognize what tools are most helpful for a senior on the job prowl.