Finding a job that aligns with your partner’s MBA journey can be challenging. There is a lot to consider—location, longevity (two years goes by fast), ability to be with your partner if their internship is out of town, remote flexibility, etc. Navigating a new job market and weighing your options is tough, especially when there are variables with your partner’s career. Each partner has a unique experience, but everyone makes it work!
I was working in an on-site human resources position when we found out that my husband, Michael, got accepted to Fuqua. I knew that our move to Durham would prompt a career change for me, and many partners face a similar reality. During our transition, Michael connected me to Fuqua’s Career Management Center (CMC). I attended an informational partners’ session about working in the Triangle area and took advantage of the free resume review and job coaching session that the CMC offered. My job coach was Madra Britt, and she was fantastic. She connected me to key contacts in the area including Fuqua alumni, Duke’s HR department, and non-profit leaders. Not only did she help me build a network in the Raleigh-Durham area, but she also offered a listening ear, provided real-time advice, and prepped me for interviews.
Searching for a new job can be exhausting—especially when you’re building a brand-new network. Fuqua’s CMC made my job search easier by providing support, tangible resources and connections that spurred new opportunities. In the end, I was able to find a great role as a recruiter for a consulting firm. Ironically, Michael ended up recruiting for consulting, so I was able to offer him some firsthand insights. So cool how it all worked out!
Fuqua’s partner resources and community have been a blessing. I served on the Fuqua Partners’ club leadership team, which provides opportunities for partners of students to connect through social events and intramural sports. Over spring break, I attended a Fuqua trek to Brazil. Fuqua includes partners in all aspects of the two-year journey, proving that our experience matters and we are also an important part of the community.