The Duke MBA
Whether you wish to advance within your current organization or plan to seek a new challenge to grow your career, our Career Management Center (CMC) provides resources and services to help you assess and explore career options, define goals, prepare to reach those goals, and then manage your career after graduation.
Our proactive and flexible approach provides opportunities for career development throughout your MBA program and beyond. Career programs and services are delivered in-person during both Durham residencies and during 3 of the 4 international residencies. Personal career coaching, a series of online webinars, and other resources are accessible at all times during the MBA program.
While our programs and services provide a robust platform for development, our experience shows that individual success greatly depends upon the partnership between you and us, which involves consistent and regular interaction with coaches, incremental follow-through, and integration of feedback.
Learn more about the career development process:
As you begin your program and realize what it means to be a Duke MBA student, you will also begin a journey of self-discovery. This initial phase of the career development process builds a solid foundation to expand upon once you've established your MBA credentials.
Many incoming students do not have a clear vision of their career goals. Understanding your personality, motivations, interests, strengths, and skills will help you develop a career plan. Insight on all these areas, and defining a direction, will come from your one-on-one work with a career coach, self-assessment tools, and the research you conduct on various industries, functions, and options for advancement. A clearer understanding of yourself and your goals will equip you to better market yourself when targeting MBA opportunities. Throughout the career development process, you can:
- Connect with a career coach for personal consultations
- Access various online tools and resources:
- Participate in a variety of programs and events:
- CMC Orientation: Learn about our Career Management Center (CMC), its services, the MBA career landscape, and how to approach and prepare for on-campus recruiting.
- Making a Career Transition: Multiple sessions that cover the best strategies, tools and tactics for successfully advancing, shifting or completely changing your career including self-assessment, prioritizing your search, effective outreach and exploration, and self-promotion.
- Career Symposiums & Career Intensives: Panel discussions with alumni and company representatives that highlight a broad spectrum of careers.
- Sector Chats: Virtual or small group discussions with CMC staff and Fuqua alumni who provide perspectives on MBA functions and industries, such as consulting, finance, marketing, social impact/non-profit, general management, energy, high tech, and health care.
To move forward in developing and expanding upon opportunities within your organization or externally, you will need to prepare and develop a number of strategies, skills, and self-marketing tools. Fuqua's Career Management Center (CMC) will help you:
- Develop a Strategy: Whether you plan to stay within your current organization or wish to make a change, the CMC will help you develop a strategic career plan to prioritize your activities.
- Communicate Your Value: Learn how to develop and tell your story, and how to effectively position the value of your MBA, your past experiences, and strengths.
- Make Connections and Build Relationships: Networking is an essential professional skill regardless of your career goals. The CMC will provide guidance on building and managing your network, requesting information, and informational interviewing.
- Develop a Resume, Effective Correspondence & Social Media Presence: Creating professional, memorable resumes and cover letters, and leveraging social media enhances your personal brand and increases your visibility. These skills are relevant if you seek advancement within your organization or externally.
- Be Interview Ready: Learn to answer the most commonly asked interview questions, prepare for case interviews, and get tips on behavioral interviewing. You will complete mock interviews and will have access to programs, resources, and guidance for you to succeed in case interviews.
If you are planning to make an external transition during the MBA program or after graduation, you can access a number of resources and opportunities, including:
- Online Job Postings: Find opportunities that are specifically targeted to Fuqua students and alumni.
- Resume Database for Recruiters: Your resume can be included in Fuqua's Executive MBA Resume Database, which is searchable by recruiters and employers.
- Participating in On-Campus Recruiting: If appropriate for your experience level and career goals, you can attend recruiting events during residencies. These events may include corporate presentations, networking nights, career expos and office hours, allowing you to connect with alumni and recruiters. You will also have the option of applying to and interviewing for opportunities through the on-campus recruiting process during Term 6.
- Eligibility: On-campus recruiting is very competitive, and eligibility for all Fuqua students to participate is earned through completing a number of preparatory steps that can be accomplished by working closely with a career coach and by attending required programs.
Beyond your graduation from the program, we will remain committed to your long-term professional success, and will provide continued career support through technology, outreach, and individual assistance after you graduate. Services include:
- Alumni Resume Database
- Career coaching
- Database of global resources and opportunities
- Job postings database
- Online alumni directory
- Online presentations
Before you complete the program, you will learn more about our alumni career services.