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 2016?
This year, students will have the opportunity to opt into the CAM program, unlike years past where it was a requirement of Business Communication I.  After receiving feedback that some students never made contact with CAMs, the program will be optional to ensure that those who are participating are truly dedicated and engaged with this fantastic mentoring opportunity.  

In 2015 we shifted the program so that each student was paired with one CAM instead of two, and that change will continue into 2016.  CAMs will still have the opportunity to mentor more than one student, pending the number of volunteers.    

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.

Each CAM will be expected to conduct two sessions with assigned students: one on networking strategy and one as a mock interview.  All meetings will be via Skype.

During the first session, you will get to know each other (ie: your backgrounds and interests, career path, time at Fuqua, etc).  Afterwards, you should discuss networking strategies to help in the job search, as well as strategies for informational interviewing. 

Your second sessions progresses to a mock interview scenario.  Your student may ask you to act as an interviewer for a specific job or from a specific company, or you can do a more generic interview with behavioral questions.  It is up to you and your assigned student(s) to come up with a format that works best for you.

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
Watch CAM Training Video Wed. 7/1 Mon. 8/1 Watch 8 minute training video at your convenience
CAM Program Presented to Students Tues. 8/2   Business Communication I
Initial Contact: Student Group I Fri. 8/5 Mon. 8/8 Students reach out to CAMs
Meeting #1: Networking Strategy Tues. 8/9 Tues. 8/23 45 minutes for each student
Meeting #2: Mock Interviews Wed. 8/24 Wed. 9/7 45 minutes for each student

Schedule
We have provided guidelines as to when your meetings should occur. Students are expected to make initial contact with their assigned CAM in the designated timeline. The MMS students have a very tight schedule, and it is extremely important that each student completes their sessions during the times outlined. The actual date and time will be arranged by the CAM and students. We highly recommend scheduling your meetings in advance so you both may plan accordingly.

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 Allie McClarnon know so that we can try and find a substitute CAM. Allie can be reached at (919) 660-8097 or allie.mcclarnon@duke.edu.

Click here to watch the CAM Training Video.  The video is 8 minutes long and you should plan to view it by Sunday, July 31.