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When it comes to launching a career, we mean business. Although a strong business foundation plus global experience sets you apart, achieving career goals requires preparation—now, and over the course of your career. Fuqua’s proactive approach ensures your focus on career management becomes 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, interaction with recruiters in the U.S. and China, and exposure to different industries, you’ll have everything you need to identify and pursue the opportunities that fit your goals.

Resources

You gain access to job search resources as soon as you begin the program, and you’ll continue using them throughout your experience in both Durham and Kunshan—and until you find a position that fits your interests and goals.

We offer private coaching sessions, industry exploration symposia, alumnus-student mentorship opportunities, and more. In your first three terms on Duke’s campus in Durham, NC, you’ll have access to Fuqua’s on-campus career resources and programs. You’ll also receive customized resources on campus at Duke Kunshan University in China, including career coaching, customized workshops, in-region corporate visits, and local alumni panels.

You can attend interview workshops, resume coaching sessions, mock interviews, and industry panels. Establish a job search plan and attend an industry exploration trip. These events build on your Business Communications Courses and ensure you'll be prepared for the interview process.

Our career team at the Career Management Center (CMC) has extensive industry and functional knowledge and will guide you toward the opportunities that match your interests and skills. Career coaches and other specialists work across department lines, helping you clarify your goals and identify options you never considered.

Fuqua's professional career counselors help you find the career opportunities that fit your interests and skills. Whether you’re in Durham or in China, these counselors are available for one-on-one coaching by appointment, either in person or via online communication channels such as Skype. While you’re in Durham, you can also attend walk-up hours between classes to chat informally.

Additionally, 50 alumni volunteers of Fuqua’s MBA and MMS programs work with MMS students one-on-one through our Career Advisor for MMS (CAM) program. These alumni share firsthand experiences, help you sharpen your resume and cover letter, and build your interviewing skills through mock interviews. You can request to work with alumni based on your chosen industry, adding another dimension of personalization.

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

Industry Panel Discussions

Panel discussions with alumni and corporate representatives give you an in-depth look at potential business careers.

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 Strategic Job Search Planning

Once you make a 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 recruiters and other business leaders.

On-site visits are an ideal way to get firsthand knowledge of a company or industry. Tour the workspace, meet employees and managers, and get a sense of how things are run. You'll learn about the industry, job functions, and current business challenges from company representatives and leaders, some of whom are Duke alumni.

MMS student clubs may organize corporate visits to organizations in cities like Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C., while visits in and around Kunshan and Shanghai will take place during your China residency. Suzhou Industrial Park, where 88 of the Fortune 500 companies have invested, is a short trip from Duke Kunshan University, and the world business capital of Shanghai is just 20 minutes away.

During your U.S. residency, you'll benefit from career fairs that expose you to various industries and provide opportunities for you to network with company representatives, recruiters, and potential employers.

Past career fairs have included:

  • Sustainable Business Career Fair: Past attendees have included Deloitte, Cherokee Investment Fund, and the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Duke Fall Career Fair: Employer representatives from sectors including business, technology, education, government, and non-profits 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.

Using the resources at Fuqua, at Duke Kunshan University, and within Duke's expansive global alumni network, you can count on interacting with a variety of employers. Our corporate relations staff helps recruiters find and hire Fuqua students through on-campus events, interviews, and job postings.

Recruiting events include opportunities to shadow business professionals to learn about their responsibilities and routines, panel discussions, recruiting receptions, office hours where you engage in casual interactions with business professionals, corporate presentations, interactive webinars, and company meet-and-greets.

On-campus recruiting activities during your U.S. residency often include first-round interviews, typically beginning in late September. In the spring you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with international and national organizations in China.

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 for thousands of companies.

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

To help you develop professional tools and skills, the student-run MMS Association (MMSA) organizes career-focused events for you to get firsthand advice on topics like job search tactics, effective networking, and career experience.

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Business Communications Courses

Our specialized Business Communications I and II courses will guide you to market yourself successfully by developing your personal brand and how you portray and express yourself—how you tell your story.

These intensive courses focus on your resume, cover letter, and personal development, as well as company outreach, interviewing skills, professional communication techniques, and job search tools.

Success Statistics

We believe Fuqua’s career statistics are a testament to our record of identifying, nurturing, and supporting future leaders.

Download 2016-2017 MMS:DKU Employment Statistics

Work Authorization

Nearly 40% of our students are non-U.S. citizens, hailing from all over the world. International students wishing to work in the U.S. should be aware that because they will study at Duke for less than a full academic year, they will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training. For more information, visit the Duke Visa Services Office.

Our Immigration Attorney Workshop, presented by experienced immigration lawyers, presents key facts and 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.

International graduates from universities both in and outside of China are allowed to apply for Chinese work visas. They are required to have a guaranteed job with a Chinese firm in an area that matches their degree offering a reasonable salary. Some restrictions do apply. For more information, visit China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security information page.