“Duke’s 185,000 alumni really, really do want to help you. The last thing you need to be is intimidated to reach out — if you are polite, authentic, and say thank you, you can’t go wrong. Reach out to as many alums as possible, about any career area or company that interests you. This is your opportunity to get outside of the Duke bubble and any pressure to take a certain path. Talk to alums who shared your major/program or work in fields you are curious about. Think of what you learn from each person you talk to as a data point that you’ll synthesize over time to learn how your strengths and interests can align with a career. The best places to connect to Duke alums are: AskABlueDevil.duke.edu, alumni.duke.edu, and LinkedIn.”