At the Career Center, advisers often hear students share the number of positions they’ve applied to during their searches: 50, 100, 200, or even more! While this approach may seem like it would be effective, in reality, that’s not often the case.
Hi sophomores! These are answers to questions we typically receive from students who are in their sophomore year. Hopefully, this will provide you with some
answers to questions you may have or provide guidance.
1. What does the Career Center do?
Flow Traders Spotlight with Duke Alumni, Chris Arora '19
Chris Arora graduated from Duke in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. He joined Flow Traders’ Graduate Trader program in the Fall of 2019. We caught up for a quick Q&A to share more about Chris’ experience trading at Flow Traders.
As a senior reflecting on my four years at Duke, I’ve embarked on a lot of adventures. I picked up a minor I never expected, lived experiences which completely changed my perspective, and decided on a career path that I didn’t even realize existed four years ago. So here’s a short bucket list to guide you in your exploration of all Duke has to offer.
Picking a major is an exciting part of your college career! It is one of the first big decisions you make when getting to school. Some students know exactly what they will major in when applying to college whereas others want to explore a variety of departments before choosing.
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.
Duke is a breadbasket of opportunity and all it takes is a quick perusal of the class Facebook pages, DukeGroups, or really any bulletin board on campus to find countless experiences that bill themselves as transformative or life-changing.
Last year, I frantically emailed the Stanback Fellowship Program and a trusted professor to ask if I should accept a summer internship offer from Greenpeace or gamble on receiving offers from the marine science programs I had applied to.
Their responses stated: we can’t make the decision for you.
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.