Maximizing Career Potential

Go·Grow·Give and Duke Forever Learning

The Nicholas School is making a proactive effort to improve and increase professional development opportunities for alumni as part of our alumni engagement program Go·Grow·Give. Our goal is to provide you with valuable, timely information that will help you excel in your career, in addition to networking opportunities that allow you to expand your Nicholas-Duke network. These opportunities are planned and designed to align with the Forever Learning initiative of the Duke Alumni Association, which is based on the notion that even when you’re an alum, never stop learning at Duke!


Getting Started

This past summer, our first Go·Grow·Give career development event took place in Washington, D.C., where over 30 Nicholas School alumni and students got a step ahead of the competition in their respective careers. The event – hosted by both the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Career and Professional Development Center – was based on the Clifton’s StrengthsFinder© assessment, which highlights every individual’s five key personal strengths. It was a great opportunity for the attendees to network, as well as to evaluate their strengths as a professional and learn how to leverage those strengths in the workplace.

StrengthsFinder Event in Washington, D.C.

What’s Next

On January 9th, 2018, we will host our second major Go·Grow·Give career development program, “New Year, New You: Jump-Start Your Career Goals”. The purpose of the program is to help alumni tackle common job search hurdles and tasks, gain clarity on how to leverage and communicate workplace strengths to future employers, and show alums how to connect with fellow Blue Devils who want to assist in your search. The program will consist of five sessions:

  • Session 1: Get motivated, get organized, and get advice on tools and tactics needed to successfully launch your search.
  • Session 2: Gain insights into how your strengths can be leveraged in your job search, how to design a strengths based career action plan, and how to apply this information to your cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn profile and in interviews. Based on Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0.
  • Session 3: A Lunch ‘n Learn quick fire discussion on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salary discussion best practices.
  • Session 4: Learn how to access Duke’s new Alumni Network and tap into your 160,000+ alumni community.
  • Session 5: A LinkedIn and Duke Alumni Association profile photo shoot!

For more information on the “New Year, New You: Career Jump-Start Conference”, click here.