A GPS for your future

Even if you haven’t charted your next destination, our career development approach helps get you there. Fuqua is known for supporting mid-career professionals with a model that’s driven by you and your objectives, whether that means positioning new skills at work or heading into different industry or function.

Our career management team, tools, and services are designed to help you manage professional goals during the program and throughout your career. You’ll get individualized guidance from a career coach, attend virtual and live career programming sessions, and learn from industry leaders about different industries. As a Duke MBA you’re also connected to 21,000+ alumni around the world - leaders in health care, energy, finance, technology, consulting, social impact, marketing, and more.

The Career Management Center

Fuqua’s difference comes from our Career Management Center (CMC), dedicated professionals with industry and functional expertise who help you develop your career advancement strategy. Our team collaborates with students as well as executive recruiters and potential employers.

Career Coaches provide 1:1 coaching, in-person or virtually, to support your needs. Fuqua's coaches help you navigate all aspects of your career, from program launch to beyond graduation.

Sector Directors and their teams are focused in specific industries. They organize virtual and small-group discussions with students and employers in that sector, helping you understand trends and hone your career strategy.

Recruiting Services staff support the CMC and its stakeholders with effective business operations and technology. The recruiting team executes on-campus recruiting activities like corporate presentations, networking nights, career expos, and interview forums.

Student and Alumni Services staff provide additional individual coaching, workshops, and other programs for current students and graduates.

Success Statistics

Career outcomes demonstrate our commitment to identifying and supporting future leaders, and we conduct research to understand how our programs impact graduates’ careers.  

Download our 1985-2016 Weekend Executive MBA Alumni Career Impact Study

Resources and Services

We offer a proactive and flexible approach to career management for working professionals. Whether your focus is on repositioning yourself in your current organization or exploring something new, our team stands ready to support you. From one-on-one coaching and panels to virtual career services and lifetime support, we’re invested in the success of your career over the long run.

Our coaches help you address any career issue you may be having. They will work with you to define your personal career objectives, develop a strategy, and gain tools that will serve you now and throughout your career. You’ll get coaching on the skills needed to advance within your current company, or help mapping out an effective transition.

The process is optional and confidential. You can work with your coach in-person on campus and virtually. Our coaches have sector-specific experience and are assigned based on your background and goals.

If you’re pursuing a career transition, your resume is eligible for inclusion in Fuqua’s Executive MBA Resume Database, searchable by recruiters and employers. Our corporate relations team connects recruiters with Fuqua students through on-campus events, interviews, and job postings. On-campus recruiting events in the second Fall of your program allow you to connect with alumni and recruiters and may include corporate presentations, networking nights, career expos, office hours, and other opportunities.

As you advance in your career, you’ll want to understand the world of executive search. We offer panel discussions with professionals in executive recruitment, events that often include networking receptions. You'll gain exposure to different firms and recruiters and begin to understand how they might help you achieve your professional goals.

Well-established Fuqua alumni also often join your program in panels that help you understand their industries and roles, as well as how they've personally navigated their careers. Given they’ve been exactly in your shoes, alumni panels are typically engaging and insightful.

You have the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops and other career management activities throughout your program. These events are customized to meet the unique needs of your class. They will be conducted during residencies or will be recorded and made available on your learning platform.

Making a Career Transition

Multiple sessions cover the best strategies, tools, and tactics for successfully advancing, shifting, or completely changing your career. We’ll cover topics like self-assessment, prioritizing your search, effective outreach and exploration, and self-promotion.

Career Symposiums & Career Intensives

These panel discussions convene alumni and company representatives to highlight a broad spectrum of careers.

Sector Chats

These virtual or small-group discussions with CMC staff and Fuqua alumni provide perspectives on MBA functions and industries, such as consulting, finance, marketing, social impact/nonprofit, general management, energy, high tech, and health care.

Complementing the personal assistance you’ll receive from your coach and CMC team, additional resources are available wherever you live and work.

The Ford Library

Find customized service and support to guide and enhance your job search efforts through our library system.

Career Services System

Search job postings and find contacts for thousands of companies in the Fuqua Global Talent System, our internal career services website.

Goinglobal

This database of country-specific career information gives you access to country career guides, regional city market guides, corporate profiles, employer directories, and a directory of international job listings.

Blue Steps

Developed by the Association of Executive Search Consultants, Blue Steps offers career resources, expert advice, and a direct connection to more than 300 retained search firms in more than 70 countries. This is an exclusive online database available to students at a nominal fee.

Resume Database

Employers and executive search professionals can search Fuqua's Resume Database based on a prospective employee's desired location and work authorization. You can also post a profile, resume, and job search preferences within the database.

Alumni Directory

Students may search Fuqua's database of 21,000+ business school alumni by program, graduation year, industry, company, job function, or geographic location. Once you graduate, you'll also have access to Duke University’s alumni database of more than 160,000.

 

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“Pursuing an MBA is fueled by a desire for change. Throughout your transformative MBA journey, you’ll discover you have strengths and talents you hadn't realized or you’ve become interested in exploring opportunities you hadn't expected.”

— Lisa Schwartz, Program Director for Weekend Executive Career Services

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Want to connect with someone who's been in your shoes? Tell us what you’re hoping to learn and a Weekend Executive MBA student or alumnus will get in touch.
  1. Assess

    Know your value proposition, articulate your vision

  2. Prepare

    Get the skills and strategies you need to transition

  3. Implement

    Use Fuqua's many in-person and online resources

  4. Get Support

    Take advantage of lifelong opportunities and counseling