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.
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:
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.
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)
- Be Yourself
-Try not to be too nervous
-Remember you are interviewing them just as they are interviewing you
- Prepare the same as you would for an in-person interview
-Research the company
Every fall, the campus descends into a corporate frenzy. Immediately after O-Week ends, students in dark suits start popping up all over campus, and the environment at the Career Center becomes increasingly corporate. Until my senior year as a public policy major, I considered myself relatively immune to the consulting rush and stress that accompanies it.
I recently had a conversation with Taryn, a hiring manager at Voalte (acquired by Hillrom). Check out what she had to say about exploring careers and the company culture at Hillrom, as well as their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and advice to students.
One question we often get in the Career Center is, “Where do I search for available jobs?” The answer really depends on what you’re looking for, but there are many resources for job seekers.
Forbes Communication Council created the following 10 Networking Tips To
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.