“Learning how to best utilize the Duke Alumni network can be a valuable resource for Duke students seeking to learn more about an industry and career opportunities. The alumni directory is searchable by many attributes including employer, industry, position and geography. Before reaching out to an alum for a networking call, prepare ahead of time by thoroughly researching the alum, and also by making a top 10 list of industries/roles/attributes for your ideal job or internship – include the non-negotiables, culture, geography, work space, etc, so that you are digging deep and thinking about what YOU want in your next role to grow, learn new skills and foster your passion and curiosity. As you focus in on the attributes that will drive you forward, you will be able to communicate more clearly to alumni about how they can help guide you.”