The Career Management Center
The Career Management Center (CMC) helps you define your path and provides tools for a search strategy that teaches you how to connect with employers. 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.
Your career management team includes coaches with industry specialties, programming staff who help you manage complex search techniques, and other specialists who help you identify options you may never have considered. You can attend interview workshops, resume coaching sessions, mock interviews, and industry panels. These events build on your Business Communications Courses and ensure you'll be prepared for the interview process.
Career outcomes demonstrate our commitment to identifying and supporting future leaders, and we conduct research to understand how our programs impact graduates’ careers.
Fuqua's professional career coaches help you find the career opportunities that fit your interests and skills. They meet with you one-on-one by appointment, either in person or via online communication channels such as Skype, and you can also attend walk-up hours between classes to chat informally.
Additionally, 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 may 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.
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.
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.
Some of the organizations you might visit include:
- Ogilvy & Mather, an international advertising, marketing, and public relations agency
- Bloomberg, a business and financial news conglomerate
- Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company
- ABB, a multinational company and leader in power and automation technologies
- Burt's Bees, a U.S.-based producer of environmentally friendly personal care products
- Cisco Systems, Inc., a global leader in internet networking
- Washington Nationals, a major league US baseball team
Career fairs 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 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.
At Fuqua 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. On-campus recruiting activities typically begin in September.
Recruiting events include panel discussions, recruiting receptions, office hours where you engage in casual interactions with business professionals, corporate presentations, interactive webinars, and company meet-and-greets.
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.
With CareerConnections, the undergraduate Duke job system, you can access and apply for even more positions.
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.
As soon as you start the program you’ll have access to search Fuqua's database of 23,000+ alumni by program, graduation year, industry, company, job function, or geographic location. You'll also have access to Duke University’s full alumni database of 170,000+. Networking with alumni helps you learn more about the industries or organizations you are interested in.
To help you develop professional tools and skills, the student-run MMS Association (MMSA) and other clubs organize career-focused events for you to get firsthand advice on topics like job search tactics, effective networking, and career experience.