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With a community of more than 185,000, Ask A Blue Devil will connect you with the best Duke alum who can help you with advice and introductions.

You ask, they answer.

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You ask.
They answer.

Duke alumni love helping students and fellow alumni. So what’s one question you have for someone who’s done what’s ahead of you?

How It Works

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You ask.

Need help with an idea or active startup? Wondering about career options?

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We recruit.

Our technology (powered by Protopia) uses AI to find the best experts to answer you.

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Get answers.

We “hunt” until you have one or more responses. Delivered right to your email inbox.

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Say ‘thank you.’

And build your network by continuing to stay in touch (such as via LinkedIn).

Not sure how to ask? We’ve got a short video that will turn you into a networking rock star.

Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.
“Hi, my name is Abby and I am a sophomore. I plan to pursue medicine, but I have recently become more interested in user interface / user experience.

I would love to speak with alumni working in the field who have advice for someone in my position. I am hoping to learn about resources and faculty who you found helpful, your experiences in general and what your daily work looks like. I would also find it incredibly helpful to shadow someone to determine if I truly see myself working in the field.

Thank you!”
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“I am Sari, a rising senior. I am interested in helping provide resources to marginalized groups of people. My goal is to be able to help people overcome inequality and oppression.

I would like to speak to alumni who share either of my majors (Sociology / Gender, Sexuality and & Feminist Studies) for advice on a career path, internships and how to prepare myself for life after graduation.

Thank you for your time.”
Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.
“Hi – I hope you’re doing well. I am Farah, an international student and a junior majoring in psychology. I’m considering a master’s degree in clinical psychology and then a career in therapy.

For alumni pursuing a career in therapy, how did you know practicing therapy was the right fit? For other psychology graduates, what other career options did you consider or are currently pursuing?

Thank you!”
Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.
“My name is Jeremy. I graduated in ’17 with an economics degree. I am applying for MBA programs in the hope of pivoting to direct-to-consumer or business-to-consumer marketing. My long-term goal is to become a chief marketing officer or consumer experience leader..

What type of experiences should I focus on gaining during my MBA to position myself after the two years?”

Thank you in advance for your help!
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“I am a 2018 grad currently working in nonprofit consulting, but I am interested in computational linguistics and am debating applying to grad school. I am a bit nervous about the job prospects in this field.

Is anyone available to discuss this type of degree or work, as I try to determine what a job in this field would be like? I would love to know the variety of opportunities available, and whether or not pursuing a grad program makes sense for me.

I really appreciate your assistance. Jayne”
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“I’m Antoine and I am currently working in academia but am looking to transition to the private sector.

I’d like to get feedback on what careers or companies would be interested in a PhD in theoretical physics who has good communication and quantitative skills, and largely only experience in academia.

Thank you for your assistance.”
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“Hi there. I’m Ned and I earned an MBA in 2010. I am a managing director with a consulting firm. I’ve finally convinced myself it’s time for a change and am looking to transition to a more product-centric organization/digital health. I have just gone through a series of actions to be prepared for that, resume updates, networking, etc.

I am looking for someone to talk through other strategies to find the right fit for someone at my level.

Thank you and I look forward to connecting.”
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Got a question on how it works?

Literally anything to help with your academic or professional development. There are thousands of alumni, faculty, staff and friends that can help with class projects, building and growing a startup or figuring out career options.

Think of your question as an advertisement. Share who you are, what you are doing, and what you need help with. Keep it short and sweet. Here’s a short video on how to craft a great question that will get you results and help build your network.

We send your request to the best alumni, faculty, and staff in your area of interest.

No. We make our matches based on availability, proximity, experience and skills.

Yes, of course! Once we make a match you’ll have direct, one-to-one communication and can ask additional questions. 

Our goal is to get you answers within 3 business days. But it depends on what you’re asking. It can go as quickly as an hour to as long as 10 days or more.

The number of answers depends on how many experts we have available with relevant experience. It may be one, three or more. 

Your question will not be made public. It will be seen only by matched experts and a handful of administrators.

No. You can ask as many questions as you would like. In fact, we encourage it as this is the simplest way for you to build your professional network.

Go ahead and ask

It has never been simpler to get help from others that have done what’s ahead of you.

Seriously.

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