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—including personal career coaching, interactive group sessions, and events—are delivered in-person during your weekend residencies. To accommodate your busy schedules, programs, services, and resources are also made available using virtual technology during the distance portions of the MBA program. While our career programs and services provide a robust platform for development, our experience shows that individual success greatly depends upon the partnership between you and the CMC. Consistent and regular interaction with coaches, program attendance, incremental follow-through, and integration of feedback are integral to achieving your career goals.
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 for how to develop or advance their careers. Understanding your personality, motivations, interests, and strengths, plus exploring multiple options will help you lay out a strategy for the next steps in your career development. A clearer understanding of yourself, your goals, and the market will enable you to identify and target optimal 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, and leveraging connections to explore options and identify career opportunities.
- Develop a Resume, Effective Correspondence & Social Media Presence: Creating professional, memorable resumes and cover letters, and leveraging social media will enhance your personal brand and increase 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 have access to programs, resources, and guidance to maximize your performance 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.
- Participation in On-Campus Recruiting: If appropriate for your experience level and career goals, you can attend recruiting events held on campus. These events allow you to connect with alumni and recruiters and may include corporate presentations, networking nights, career expos and office hours. 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.