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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

THIS SUCKS—It's ok, you're allowed to say it. Even if people out there are losing their jobs, homeschooling their kids while trying to work from home, worrying about their business, their retirement, their health. No matter how bad anyone else has got it, IT STILL SUCKS.

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

As the impact of this situation starts to sink in and you’re able to think beyond the immediate “What the heck is happening in the world?”, I imagine one of the first things you’ll be thinking about is your summer plan.  In light of the uncertainty of things right now, the advisers at the Career Center put together a list of things you can do to build skills, make good use of your free time and create quality experiences for yourself, even without a summer internship, program, or external research opportunity.

We have tried to cover a wide range of experiences and majors below.

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Catherine Allen, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

There are a few reasons you may not be hearing back from all those applications you are submitting but, let’s start at the beginning: the resume. It’s a dreaded document that can seem boring in all the formality and, because it often takes a fair amount of time to create a good one, it can be a great item to procrastinate on. But in all seriousness, the resume opens the door to your first-round interview. If you’re not getting invited to interviews then your check resume light is on. Here are a few tips to get you started. 

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Matt Keep '20 Career Ambassador. So you are thinking of going into finance...

So you’re thinking of going into finance–an oft-heard response for Duke undergraduates to the perennial question of one’s career ambitions or summer internship plans. But what exactly does that entail?

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This Thursday, January 23rd, from 10am to 3pm marks the Spring Career Fair. Maybe you attended the Fall Career Fair last semester, maybe this is your first career fair ever, or maybe you’ve been to six and are a pro.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

You’re ready to look for internships and jobs and you hear someone tell you to network or start connecting with individuals with like interests, do you know where to start? When thinking about connecting with individuals who share the same interests you do, work for the same company you would like to work for, or are doing things you find awesome, it is always easiest to start speaking with your inner circle, which would include:

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Christina Plante, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Engaging in a practice of reflection can not only provide a chance to slow down and think through your likes and dislikes but also make difficult decisions seem easier.  You can see the benefits of reflecting more clearly if you continuously make time for it on a daily basis.

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

Elana Lyn Gross wrote this article for Skill Crush, I’ve excerpted it and added some Duke- specific thoughts on the dream job search. Gross has great advice on how to explore careers, talk to people to find out about the day-to-day of an industry, and know that it’s totally normal not to have a clear cut path to retirement right now.

How to Find Your Dream Job (When You Don’t Know What You Want)

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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    -Try not to be too nervous
    -Remember you are interviewing them just as they are interviewing you
     
  2. Prepare the same as you would for an in-person interview
    -Research the company
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