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Take the next step on your career journey: see what’s out there, and explore your options.

Here, find curated information on the following topics:

  • Explore Your Interests / Self Assessment
  • Find an Internship
  • Search for a Job / Employer
  • Build My Network, and
  • General Professional Development

Or, visit communities for any of these topics directly:

Explore Your Interests / Self Assessment Find an Internship Search for a Job / Employer Build My Network General Professional Development

Be sure to explore skills that you many need to develop in this stage of the process:

  • Self-Awareness 
  • Relationship Development
  • Communication

Or, visit communities for any of these topics directly:

Self Awareness Relationship DevelopmentStrategic Search

Answer these questions on your own, or discuss with an advisor.

  • What activities make you lose track of time? Do those activities relate to a career of interest?
  • What are the priorities guiding your search? (see Know Yourself)
  • How do you prefer to research topics? Can you apply those methods to this exploration process?
  • What are you learning through your career research and how are you applying that knowledge?
  • How are you deciding what you want to continue pursuing and what is no longer of interest–considering your research?

  • Attend events hosted by the Career Center, other departments at Duke or by other institutions.
  • Attend employer-hosted and student organization events that allow you to learn more about an industry or company.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in careers you are exploring using the Duke Alumni DirectoryLinkedIn, the Networking GuideDEMAN.
  • Research/subscribe/follow professional associations and professionals in industries of interest online, including social media and newsletters, to gain ongoing knowledge within the field.
  • Explore career areas through What Can I Do With This Major? and Courses and Guides below.