The Career Center team knows how challenging it can be to decide between multiple job or internship offers and we get that sometimes you have a case of FOMO, which motivates
When I was a first year, I had a fear of resumes. I did not know how to do the formatting, what experiences to include, or how to describe my experiences. I went the entire first semester of college ignoring that resumes existed because I was lost. However, one day I mustered up the courage to go to Drop-in Career Advising at the Career Center.
Without a doubt, my favorite part of being a Career Ambassador is the relationships I form with other Duke students through resume and cover letter reviews.
While attending the Fall Career Fair my junior year, I noticed myself gravitating toward all the employer booths in the retail industry. I decided after leaving the fair I wanted (and needed) to learn more about the industry–not only to prepare for future interviews with these employers but also to gain a more comprehensive view of the industry.
Serving as a Career Ambassador this last year has been both a fulfilling and enriching experience. As a Career Ambassador, I had the opportunity to receive support, training, and mentorship from Career Center advisers, help my peers with resumes and cover letters, and develop my speaking, writing, and career-development skills. For me, it was one of the best parts of Duke.
One of the easiest ways to begin networking successfully is to develop and practice a 30-second elevator pitch to introduce yourself to employers.
1. What resources are available to start my internship or job search?
You have quite a lot of options to use to assist you in your search. These are some good resources to help you get started:
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.
Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
Studying and memorization
Gaining insight on complex subjects
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?