Duke Catalyst: What Are You Good At? What Do You Like? What Can You Get Paid For?

“I finished? I finished.” Did you utter these words after that final assignment, that last presentation, that closing meeting, or that thesis you’ve been working on for months? Chances are we all do when we finish our academic journey at Duke. In 2019, 88% of the students that began as first years completed their time in 4 years, 95% would finish within 6. (1) So, what’s next? 

This is no ethical dilemma of whether we believe that colleges make professionals but rather it is a collective understanding that no professor is going to take time out of a lecture to teach you how to deal with a bad performance review. There is a gap and it needs to be filled.

A catalyst is a person or thing that precipitates an event. More specifically, a catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing permanent chemical change. Your strengths are your own unique catalyst that will make succeeding in your first career possible. Let Catalyst help you start building your strengths early so that your transition is easy.

Apply to Catalyst today

1 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/college-mobility/duke-university

By KJ Juett
KJ Juett Catalyst Fellow