Upon completion of my senior year at Duke, I was uncertain about my career path. My hope was that Fuqua would help expose me to different industries and broaden my knowledge of the business world.  Education aside, I knew there would be unique connections and career opportunities through my association with Fuqua that would have not been available to me otherwise. With graduation quickly approaching, I can say the opportunity to attend Fuqua was an opportunity of a lifetime, helping me discover my career path for myself.

Accepting New Challenges

One important lesson I have learned at Fuqua is the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. My undergrad experience did not provide the opportunity to take these types of business classes so I knew what I would experience at Fuqua would be very different.

I remember being extremely nervous after attending my first accounting, statistics, and business communications classes. Public speaking was not something that I had been exposed to previously and was not an area that I enjoyed. In addition, accounting was entirely new to me. I called my parents after my first few days of class and said, “I’m not sure how I am going to be able to do this.”

Not only was I nervous, but I was also putting pressure on myself for not having a job or career path figured out. Needless to say, 10 months later, I could not be more grateful for the lessons learned, the people I have met, and the person that I have grown into—ready to take on the real world with confidence and a fresh set of skills. 

Caroline DeBellis, an MMS student at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business with fellow classmates outside of the School of Business
Kicking off the first day of class with my classmates

Launching My Career

One piece of advice I have to offer to incoming MMS students is to really use all of Fuqua’s career resources to your advantage while they are available to you. In the fall, I met with a career coach at Fuqua. We worked on my resume and explored different career options. My career coach told me to be patient and that there was no rush in getting a job.

When January came around, I attended a Fuqua career fair at the JB Duke Hotel. At first, I was intimidated by all the companies that were in attendance, but I reminded myself to step out of my comfort zone and be confident. I ended up having a really good conversation with a few employees from AlphaSights. The next day, one of them reached out about a position, setting off a four-week interview process.

After a ton of preparation and hard work, mastering my confidence and learning about the company, I was offered a position. I will be a Client Service Associate at AlphaSights working on the consultant accounts with the big three consultant firms, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain & Company.

I believe this opportunity is the perfect fit for me and will give me some experience and exposure to both sales and consulting.  More importantly, I will be working with clients to help fulfill their goals, which I’m most excited about. I could not be more grateful for this opportunity and would not have it without the help of Fuqua’s resources.

Being a part of the MMS program this year, I have made a ton of amazing memories and lifelong friendships. This has been one of the best years of my life, and I am thankful to Fuqua for preparing me for what’s to come!

Caroline DeBellis, an MMS student at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business with the MMS Class of 2024 on Orientation Day
Orientation Day!