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We make your career our business. While the unique combination of skills from MQM: Business Analytics can get you noticed, achieving your career goals requires extensive preparation now and throughout your time in the workforce. Fuqua’s unique partnership approach to career management ensures this aspect of your program is as rigorous and immersive as the academics. It's fast-paced and provides vital insight into the business world only gained at a graduate level.  

Our Career Management Center (CMC) helps you define your path and provides tools for a search strategy that teaches you how to connect with employers wherever you have work authorization. With dedicated career coaches, and exposure to different industries, you’ll have everything you need to identify and pursue the opportunities that fit your goals.

The Career Management Center

Our CMC team consists of professionals with industry and functional expertise, dedicated to providing the skills you need to pursue a career you’re passionate about. They collaborate with potential employers to help those organizations recruit Fuqua talent and help students engage in a successful job search.

  • Career coaches help you identify opportunities that fit your interests and skills. They are available for one-on-one coaching by appointment or during walk-up hours when you can chat informally.
  • Sector directors and their teams are focused in specific industries, helping students refine their target sector strategy. They encourage employers in that industry to recruit at Fuqua, while ensuring students have relevant industry information.
  • Recruiting and operations services staff manage business operations and technology for the recruiting period, ensuring on-campus events and interview forums are well executed for both students and employers.
  • Student and alumni services staff provide additional career management support for students and graduates

“We don’t provide services and resources just to help students find jobs now. We want our students to leave Fuqua with career-building strategies and skills they can use throughout their professional lives.”

—Sheryle Dirks, Associate Dean for Career Management

3,176

job opportunities last year across programs

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    Gain insights into your skills, talents, and goals

  2. Prepare

    Learn to position yourself to potential employers

  3. Implement

    Navigate the recruiting process

  4. Get Support

    Use alumni career services throughout your career

Resources

You gain access to career management resources as soon as you begin the program, and continue using them throughout your experience —and until you find a position that fits your interests and goals. You’ll build a strong job-search foundation in your Business Communication classes, where you’ll learn to:

  • communicate clearly, strategically, and persuasively to get your message across
  • write and present with confidence
  • hone your interpersonal skills

Whether you’re seeking a position in the U.S. or internationally, you’ll receive career coaching and participate in communication classes, recruiting events, and workshops—all the resources you need to develop a robust search strategy now, and over the course of your career.

We engage you in the job search process from orientation through graduation, with training and workshops that build on your Business Communications courses. Workshops and webinars are customized to meet your class’s needs and include:

•     Relationship building: Networking is an essential professional skill, regardless of your career goals. Learn how to build and manage your network, request information, and get tips on informational interviewing.

•     Branding and developing a personal road map: Once you develop your plan, a CMC coach will review it and help align your goals with effective actions.

•     Professional correspondence and resume development: Learn useful guidelines for creating a professional cover letter and resume that best represent your passions and interests. You'll work one-on-one with a career coach to refine your resume, and you’ll exchange resumes with your classmates to gain additional feedback.

•     Interviewing: Learn how to respond to commonly asked behavioral and case questions, and practice one-on-one in mock interviews with coaches and classmates.

Industry associations like the National Consortium of Data Scientists bring data professionals from different universities and industries together in panel discussions which give you an insider’s view of potential business analytics careers.

Career fairs expose you to various industries and analytics initiatives, giving you an opportunity to network with company representatives, recruiters, and potential employers.

Past career fairs have included:

  • Duke Fall Career Fair: Employer representatives from sectors including business, technology, education, government, and nonprofits attend this fair. Past attendees have included Accenture, Apple, Bloomberg, GE, Intuit, Levi Strauss & Co., and General Motors.
  • TechConnect: Past attendees have included Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Cisco, NVIDIA, and Medtronic.
  • Nonprofit and Government Career Fair: Past attendees have included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment America, United Planet, Goodwill Community Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Development, IRS, NARAL, The Nature Conservancy, Teach for America, and U.S. Department of State.

The Ford Library

The staff at Duke’s Ford Library offers customized service and support to enhance your job-search efforts.

Career Services System

A one-stop shop for recruiting and career search information, the Fuqua Global Talent System is our internal career services website, where you can find job postings and contacts throughout the year.

Resume Database

Fuqua's digital resume database increases your chance of catching the eye of a headhunter; it’s searchable by different criteria to potential employers.

Online Mock Interviews

InterviewStream is an innovative learning tool that enhances your job interviewing skills by creating a compelling simulated interview experience.

Alumni Directory

As soon as you start the program you’ll have access to search Fuqua's database of 21,000+ alumni by program, graduation year, industry, company, job function, or geographic location. Once you graduate, you'll also have access to Duke University’s full alumni database of 160,000+. Networking with alumni helps you learn more about the industries or organizations you are interested in.

As an MQM student, you’ll immediately join Fuqua’s circle of over 21,000 professionals making their mark in a range of functions and industries worldwide—many of them looking for talent. There are 57 active Duke Regional Alumni Groups, including 16 in major cities outside the U.S., meaning you’ll benefit from local networking organizations as you move around the world. You’ll also be a member of the Duke Alumni Association (DAA) with connections to 160,000 alumni globally, plus all the benefits, programs, and services provided by DAA.

International Students

Nearly 40% of students across Fuqua's programs are non-U.S. citizens, coming from all parts of the world. Regardless of where you have work authorization, the CMC is your co-pilot in developing a job search strategy that’s right for you and providing resources you’ll need to find a great job.

Work Authorization and STEM Designation

International students may be eligible for an internship or employment in the United States upon completion of the MQM: Business Analytics program. MQM: Business Analytics is a STEM-designated (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program, giving international students who meet certain requirements the opportunity to work in the U.S. for a total of 3 years (24 months of STEM OPT extension beyond the regular 12 month OPT). After the OPT period, you will need a company to sponsor you for a work-based visa, most typically the H-1B visa. For more information on the H-1B application process, visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Your U.S. student visa status determines whether you are eligible for work on-campus during your ten month program, but most student visas restrict or prohibit working off-campus during the program.

Immigration Attorney Workshop

As an MQM: Business Analytics international student, you are expected to attend this session led by experienced immigration attorneys. They will furnish key facts and overview the processes you should consider when conducting a job search. Information includes common ways to acquire U.S. work authorization upon graduation, company sponsorship for a U.S. internship, H-1B visa costs, Green Cards, and more.