Career Advisor for MMS

Program Goal
The purpose of this program is to prepare MMS students for a successful career search.  For many of the MMS students, this will be the first time they have put together a formal resume, a cover letter and/or conducted a professional interview.  For more information on our MMS students, please visit our MMS FAQ page.

CAM History
The CAM program began in 2010 with ~40 alumni serving as mentors to ~100 students. In the first years, the program was called the Volunteer Alumni Career Fellow(VACF) initiative. For the 2014 year, the name of the program has been updated to the Career Advisor for MMS (CAM) program. Volunteer mentors are referred to as CAMs. The program originated from the need for additional career support for the MMS class prior to the start of recruiting in early September. A select group of alumni were chosen based on their leadership and/or experience as a Career Fellow during their time at Fuqua. The CAMs guided the MMS students through informational and mock interviews.  MMS students have found the insights and expertise of the CAMs to be very helpful and beneficial. Following are quotes from participants:

"The program is very useful because you are in a safe environment where you are expected to learn from your mistakes, and the CAMs are here to assist you...The CAM program is safe, handy, and filled with serendipities, and it's one of the MMS-specific resources that Fuqua offers. I've learned a lot by working with my CAMs."James Chen MMS '13

"The Career Advisor for MMS Program provided the best preparation for my job search. I was paired with an extremely caring and knowledgeable personal mentor—an MBA alumna—who was very dedicated to providing assistance and advice. It was invaluable in getting me ready for the recruiting season."Jeffrey Young MMS '11

"Mentoring MMS students who are starting their career search provides a tangible way for me to contribute to the school. Through the Career Advisor for MMS program, I provide resume, cover letter, and interview guidance to MMS students. It creates a unique mentoring relationship between MMS students and other Fuqua alumni."Josh Cohen MBA '07

What's Different in 2014?
In 2014, we have officially changed the program name to the Career Advisor for MMS (CAM) program. We believe this name reflects the transition from only inviting former Fuqua Career Fellows to including the first classes of the Master of Management Studies alumni. The acronym is easy to remember and explain to both students and alumni.  Another new change to the program is the launch of the MMS: DKU cohort. These students will also be paired with CAMs in the same way that our current MMS population is paired. They will be fully integrated into the program during their time in Durham.  As a part of the training, we will cover the MMS: DKU program in more detail, but encourage you to view the website. With the addition of MMS: DKU, we will need more CAMs to volunteer. 

To ensure enough times for meetings, the date range of program has been extended to late September. We hope that this will allow a wider range of times for students to meet with their CAMs and reduce the number of scheduling conflicts. Our final update to the program is the creation a second initial contact date range so that students will know exactly when is appropriate to reach out to their secondary CAM. As we continue to advance the CAM program, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback.  All volunteers receive a phone call from the MMS staff in order to compile ideas once the program cycle has ended.  

Please remember, as a Career Advisor for MMS, you are serving as an ambassador of the Fuqua brand. There are three important factors to remember as you advise the MMS students.

  1. Your role in career assessment
    Your role is to help prepare the MMS students for the start of their professional careers. You will be asked to assess their interpersonal skills and readiness for the job interview, and to address any insights or gaps you come across. Your feedback and guidance will be both important and influential, so please keep this in mind as you help direct them along their personal career paths.
  2. You are handling personal and confidential information
    Throughout this process, you will have personal discussions and access to confidential information about your MMS students. In addition, you will be providing evaluations to the Career Management Center (CMC) on each student's readiness and interpersonal skills that will become a part of their personal CMC file. We ask that you keep this information confidential and avoid discussing students' experiences with others.
  3. Your role as a Fuqua ambassador
    You are an ambassador of Fuqua and represent our brand. We ask that you keep this in mind when you communicate with the MMS students.

As a CAM, you will be asked to prepare and guide MMS students in networking and the mock interview process.

All required meetings will be conducted through Skype from August-September 2014. There is no need to meet in person, but you may do so if you like. For those of you who do not have a web cam, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary equipment. To request a web cam, please e-mail mms-careers@fuqua.duke.edu. Informal or ad hoc meetings may occur after September if you have chosen to make yourself available for informational meetings about your industry, career path, or job function.

Each CAM will be expected to conduct networking strategy sessions and mock interviews with the students. To start, you will be asked to discuss strategies for informational interviewing with three students. The next step will be to hold mock interviews with those students in August. Lastly, you will conduct mock interviews with three different students. All meetings will be via Skype. Overall, you will have the opportunity to meet six different MMS students.

Please use the following chart as a guideline for scheduling your meeting time with your students. Please notify your student 24 hours in advance if you need to reschedule a meeting. You may refer to the meeting guidelines if you have to reschedule your meeting.

 Key Events Start Date  End Date  Notes
CAM Live Training Session Thur. 6/26   5:30pm-7pm via WebEx
Building Rapport and Conducting Interviews
Intro to CAM Program to Students Fri. 8/1 Fri. 8/1 Business Communications I
Initial Contact: Student Group I Tues. 8/5 Sun. 8/10 Students reach out to primary CAMs
Meeting #1: Networking Strategy Mon. 8/11 Sun. 8/24 45 minutes via Skype for each student
CAM Evaluation Mon. 8/11 Sun. 8/24  
Meeting #2: Mock Interviews Mon. 8/25 Sun. 9/7 45 minutes via Skype for each student
CAM Evaluation Mon. 8/25 Sun. 9/7  
Initial Contact: Student Group II Tues. 9/9 Sun. 9/14  Students reach out to secondary CAMs 
Meeting #3: Mock Interviews Mon. 9/15 Sun. 9/28 45 minutes via Skype for each student
CAM Evaluation Mon. 9/15  Sun. 9/28   

Schedule
We have provided guidelines as to when the strategy sessions and mock interviews should occur. MMS students have very tight schedules, and it is extremely important that students complete their sessions with you during the outlined times. The specific dates and times will be arranged by you and the students. We highly recommend scheduling all of your meetings in advance.

We are asking that all students provide a resume so that you can learn about them before they meet. You will receive the names and email addresses for your first group of students by Friday, August 5. 

Meeting Cancellation Policy
We understand that other factors may impact your meetings. We ask that you please provide 24 hours' notice if you need to cancel a meeting. If you can reschedule within the given time frames, please do so.

If you cannot arrange a meeting during the given time frames, please let the CMC know so that we can try and find a substitute CAM. The CMC office can be contacted at mms-careers@fuqua.duke.edu. To ensure a prompt response, please include the following in the subject title: "CAM Meeting Cancellation - Requesting a Replacement."

The training session will take place on June 26 at 5:30 pm via WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link. All CAMs should plan to attend the training session to participate in the program.