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One of the most enduring benefits of a Duke education is the opportunity to network with successful alumni around the world. Connecting with alumni can help students enhance their studies, explore career options, make new contacts and identify potential jobs and internships.

Now, the Duke Alumni Association is making it far easier for students to tap into that network. This fall, DAA created a student portal into its redesigned alumni directory, for the first time giving students the ability to search for and contact more than 100,000 alumni. Students can access the directory through DAA’s website (alumni.duke.edu), where they can search for alumni in specific industries or locations. Students use their NetIDs to sign in to the directory; there is no additional registration necessary.

Due to industry demand and a shift in recruiting trends, many consulting firms will now begin internship recruiting on college campuses during the 2016 fall semester.   This is a change from the past when internship recruitment was limited to later, in the spring semester.  Because of this change, students interested in consulting, will begin interviewing for internships three to five months earlier, in September. 

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Due to industry demand and a shift in recruiting trends, many consulting firms will now begin internship recruiting on college campuses during the 2016 fall semester.   This is a change from the past when internship recruitment was limited to later, in the spring semester.  Because of this change, students interested in consulting, will begin interviewing for internships three to five months earlier, in September. 

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Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

The wait begins.

Yesterday I found out that I had become victim of government beaurocracy and needed to go to DC to arrange a passport emergency.  Last minute trip = little financial flexibility. Megabus it is. Gulp.

I get to the bus stop. Trepidation. I see several tired looking people in line in front of me. One woman holds a cigarette between her hands, getting the last hit before the 6-feels-like-60 hour-long journey begins. (I can’t blame her. I find myself trying to soak up all the fresh air I can.) Another man holds a plastic bag for his travel belongings. Everyone looks so tired, just like at Duke.

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I get seated on the Megabus. Why is it that they seem to smell like a mixture between floral soap, cigarettes, and baby powder?

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Contributed by Susanne Killian, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services, Duke University Career Center

Virtual Career Fairs can be a fulfilling addition to your holistic job search.  These types of career fairs are becoming incre Thumbnail asingly popular due to the fact that they save employers time and money and increase the geographic diversity of attendees–all while utilizing cutting edge technologies to appeal to the modern job searcher. They also benefit the job searcher who can reduce travel costs and reach a greater number of employers in a shorter time period. These novel fairs do take practice for even the most tech savvy job searchers.

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Nikki S.Z. Smith, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Duke Career Center, and Emma Welch ’16 following an event by the same name for first-year students

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:

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Nikki Smith, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Counseling and Programs, Duke Career Center

Common questions undergraduate students ask when they meet each other: 1. Where are you from? 2. What clubs are you in? 3. What’s your major?

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Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

No matter how “at peace” you might feel going into your senior year, you step on to campus, and boom! [Enter self-doubt and confusion.]

This semester, I have seen the cast of characters that emerge with employment prospects: the aggressive networker, the awkward small-talker, the BO guy. Like cattle, we herd ourselves into these large conference rooms to hear info session after info session—each employer pretending to be significantly different from the other. Then come the interviews. The preparation, the execution, the recovery--it makes you feel like you are supposed to know what you want to do with your life, and that you already “have” the answer. Oh, and don’t forget to smile and remember that you should enjoy every moment of it!!!

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Laura Brinn

Their questions were typical of incoming graduate students: What are the best housing options on- and off-campus? Are tuition payment plans available? How successful have graduates been in pursuing careers in New York and Washington D.C.? And of course, are graduate students able to get tickets to Duke basketball games?

What made the group of admitted graduate students posing the questions different is that they were using Weibo, a popular Chinese social media channel, to connect with current graduate students and Duke staff in real time to learn more about graduate school and campus life at Duke.

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Jenny Johnson, Associate Director, Pratt Professional Masters Programs

Thumbnail As an international student, where do you feel connected on campus? My guess would be there might be a connection with iHouse as you have found ways to engage with other members of the international community or understand the US culture. Visa Services may be another office you readily identify with on campus as a supportive and necessary part of your experience.

If you haven’t thought of the Career Center as a place for you and a connection point, I hope I begin to convince you today.

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