Career Development Process

Five Stages of the Career Development Process

The Duke Career Development Process and accompanying skills require ongoing reflection and adaptability. At times, you might feel uncertain of next steps or what path to choose and should remain flexible–considering circumstances not within your control. 

Explore values and identify themes in your interests, strengths and skills.

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Research careers that align with your interests, strengths, and circumstances.

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Identify patterns and narrow options by eliminating those that don’t align with your life.

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Develop a plan around what steps you need to take and when you need to take them.

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Reflect on the actions you have taken and what you have learned.

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The eight competencies identified as cornerstones of career readiness by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) will be developed through your academic, co-curricular and experiential learning pursuits at Duke. While these competencies are important to develop, you should also focus on skills that will assist in your navigating a lifelong career journey.  

The process is iterative and a self-serve tool to guide you in developing viable options unique to you, wherever you find yourself in the journey. We encourage you to reach out to a career adviser and any of your mentors for support when you are ready.  

You don’t have to travel this path alone.