Jeffrey Young, MMS: FOB Class of 2011
"The Volunteer Alumni Career Fellow 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."
Our goal is your career success. Fuqua's professional coaches guide you to the career opportunity that fits your interests and skills. Whether you are on your US or your China residency, they are available for one-on-one coaching by appointment, in person and also via online communications channels such as Skype. While in the US, you can also access coaches during lunchtime walk-up hours between classes when you can chat informally.
Close to 50 alumni volunteers work with students one-on-one through our Volunteer Alumni Career Fellow Program each year. These alumni share their first-hand experiences and help you to hone your professional communication techniques and build your interviewing skills through mock interviews. Students are able to request matches with alumni in chosen industries to personalize the Volunteer Alumni Career Fellow experience.
Every MMS student is assigned to two Volunteer Alumni Career Fellows, or VACFs. These alumni help students to navigate the career process. I loved working with my VACFs!
As an MMS student, you'll be a mentor AND a mentee. We believe that one of the best ways to learn is by collaborating and sharing advice with your classmates. Below are some peer mentorship opportunities:
Job Search Teams: Small teams of students guided by a career counselor to share advice, support, and resources during the job search process.
Career Mentorship: MBA students and alumni volunteer to mentor MMS students, providing helpful advice and tips for the job search process through panel discussions and student club events.
Career Chairs: Career Chairs serve as liaisons between MMS students and the Career Management Center. They listen and respond to student feedback to help improve the job search process. They also raise awareness of the MMS program and assist with organizing corporate visits, managing the Career Ambassadors and defining unique needs of both US and global students.
The Duke MMS Association (MMSA): Informal student mentoring is integrated in the MMSA and student clubs. To help you develop professional tools and skills, the MMSA organizes student-led, career-focused events where you'll receive firsthand advice. Past events include:
- Guerilla Job Search Tactics
- Effective and Efficient Networking
- Discussions with MBA students who share their job search and career experience