Admissions Info Session: Energy & Environment at Fuqua

Admissions Info Session: Energy & Environment at Fuqua


– Hi everyone, welcome and greetings from the Fuqua School of Business. We are here to talk today
about Energy and Environment, and EDGE, the center that I
represent. I’m Katie Kross. I’m the Managing Director of EDGE, which is the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment here at Fuqua, and I’m joined today by Paige Swofford, one of our third-year
students in the Master’s of Environmental Management
and MBA three-year joint degree program who’s gonna be
able to talk a bit about her experience as a student
and all kinds of things related to energy and environment here at Fuqua. So the way this is gonna
work today is we’ll talk for a few minutes, give
you an introduction to energy and environment
generally here at Fuqua and the EDGE Center, Paige
will talk a little bit about her experience as a student, and then we have time for questions. So if you’re watching on
the Hazu live stream you can type questions into the box and they will appear on our little tablet here. We also have some questions
that we’re frequently asked that we can address and hopefully we’ll have a great conversation. So let me introduce just a
little bit about our Center, about energy and environment
at Fuqua to get things started. EDGE was created as a
Center in 2010 here at Fuqua I have been with the Center ever since, as has our Executive
Director, Dan Vermeer, who also teaches classes here at Fuqua. EDGE is the home for all things related to energy and environment here at Fuqua. So if you’re interested in
the energy sector writ large, whether that’s oil and gas,
whether it’s electric utilities, whether it’s clean tech
or renewable energy, anything in the energy value chain, or if you’re interested in
energy and sustainability issues as they relate to any
company in other industries, we are kind of the home for
your experience here at Fuqua. We’re really proud of
the diverse offerings that we have to offer at Fuqua. Let me just say a bit about why energy and environment are
paired together at Fuqua. It’s a little bit different than some other business schools. So first of all if you’re
interested in the energy sector and you’re planning to
work in the energy sector after you complete your
MBA, we really believe that over the course of
your business career, the next 20 or 30 years,
environmental issues and the context in which the energy sector is gonna operate are gonna play a huge role in shaping that industry. So we believe that it
behooves you to understand the environmental context
of the energy sector. Likewise, on the flip
side, if your interested in environmental sustainability issues, it’s clear that to talk about any of them, water, climate change,
supply chains, agriculture, you will need to understand energy issues, so we really believe that those
two things are inextricably linked and we try to put them together in all of our offerings here at Fuqua. So just a bit more about
EDGE and the role we play, we have a three part mission, education, thought leadership, and
industry engagement, and because we are talking
today with prospective students, primarily I’m gonna focus
on the education piece of the equation but
certainly invite you to visit our EDGE website if you wanna
learn more about the research and the industry engagement
pieces of our portfolio. But one of our functions as
a center is to help connect the world of academia, our
students in the classroom, and our faculty with industry, and that’s where EDGE plays
a really critical role in helping maintain those
relationships with industry and bringing the relevant,
timely, industry issues into the classroom and into
our faculty’s research. On the education front, we think about our offerings in four main buckets. So we have curricular offerings. We have extra-curricular offerings. We have experiential
learning opportunities and we have career support,
and if you are someone who just wants to dabble a little bit, you just wanna take one class, you just wanna attend one event or one conference, you’re
welcome to do that, but if you wanna go deep on these issues we really can provide you with a complete sort of end to end experience. You can complete an MBA
concentration in Energy and Environment, or you can
complete an MBA concentration in Energy Finance, or you can even do a three-year dual degree between Fuqua and the Nicholas School of
the Environment here at Duke, which would either be
an MEM/MBA like Paige, or a Master’s of Forestry/MBA
three-year joint degree. So there’s a lot of options,
whether you just wanna do a little bit and explore or
whether you want to do a lot. On the curricular front,
it’s pretty straightforward, we offer a lot of classes,
one I’ll especially point out is called the EDGE Seminar
on Energy and Environment, and you can find out more about
that class on our website, but that’s a great
opportunity for you to hear from real world industry
experts in the classroom. On the extracurricular front
EDGE partners really closely with a number of clubs here at Fuqua. So the Energy Club, which
Paige is Co-President of, as well as the Net Impact
Club, which is the club for students who are interested in social impact and sustainability. We also work really closely
with the Food and Ag Club for obvious reasons, the
Business and Government Club, and the MEM/MBA Club, so
a lot of touch points. They’re a lot of extracurricular offerings which we can dive into in questions. There are lunch and learns.
There are major conferences. There are speakers. There
are networking events. All kinds of opportunities on that front. We also have great experiential learning opportunities for you as a student. So, you probably heard about
the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum, a program here at Fuqua. We always have a designated
subset of those projects that are specifically
related to either energy or environmental sustainability issues. So that’s a great chance
to really take some of your classroom learning and apply
it on real world projects. We also typically have some
either energy or environmental related non-profits in the
Fuqua On Board program. So if you’re interested
in serving as a non-voting member of a non-profit
board while you’re a student and getting some experience
with that, you can often look for a non-profit whose
mission is aligned with either energy or environmental issues
that you’re passionate about. And then finally career
support, we have really tremendous resources here at Fuqua. In our Career Management Center
we have a sector director specifically devoted to
energy sector careers, and we have another sector
director specifically devoted to social impact and
sustainability career support. So, you have all of those
resources, plus you can come meet with us in EDGE,
our faculty and staff are happy to play some
of those connecting roles to help you find the
opportunities that you’re excited about participating in
while you’re a student, to help you connect with
the alumni and the industry practitioners who would be really good resources for you in your careers, and to go deep on any of the issues that you’re really excited about. So we have a pretty broad tent. We have lots going on and I look forward to answering some of your questions. With that let me turn it over to Paige who can talk a little bit about
her experience as a student and some of the things
she’s been involved with, and what the highlights have been. – Sure, thanks Katie. Hi everyone, my name is Paige Swofford, as Katie introduced I’m
a dual degree student in my third and last year here at Duke. I’m completing the degree
between the Nicholas School of the Environment and
Fuqua, so it’s an MEM/MBA, and I’m graduating this Spring. At the Nicholas School my
concentration is in Energy and the Environment, and here
at Fuqua, I’ve taken classes across a wide variety of the
classes that Katie mentioned, as well as, all the core classes, finance, accounting, et cetera. My background before Duke
was in financial services and I used coming back to
school and the dual degree as a way to transition
into the energy industry. This year I’m serving as
one of the Co-Presidents of the MBA Energy Club,
previously was a Co-President of the MEM/MBA Club, and
can also talk to you about my involvement in a lot
of other fun activities and coursework. I can talk to you about the Fuqua Client Consulting
Practicum, as well as the EDGE Seminar coursework
at the Nicholas School if you want to complement your
MBA with any of those classes and also talk to you about my
involvement with other student groups across campus, as well
as the Energy Initiative. So I’m happy to take your questions and excited to talk to you all virtually. We love engaging with
our prospective students, so if you have questions
about the Energy Club, I can field those, I can also
talk about our sister club, so to speak, Net Impact
that Katie mentioned. I can talk about the great
events we have on campus, all of the recruiting
events and Lunch and Learns, as well as social events that
we put on as the Energy Club, and I’m looking forward
to talking with you all. – So before we let the prospective
students ask questions, you have been involved with
just about everything I think, in your three years here,
so do you have some favorite moments, like what have
been some of the favorite extracurricular activities, or speakers, or industry engagement opportunities? – Yes, absolutely there’s
a lot to choose from. I think one of the really
cool things that I got to do last year was volunteer to help plan the Duke University Energy Conference, and that is held here at Fuqua every year, primarily driven by the MBA Energy club but with close partnership
and support from EDGE as well as other student groups and
organizations across campus, and I was organizing one
of the panels that we had last year, it was focused on
the changing utility sector, and I got to work with some
amazing industry leaders from companies across the
country to plan that event and then engage with them
while they were here, and Katie moderated that panel,
so it was a great discussion between Duke and these
companies that come to campus, and that’s something that
I actually made lasting relationships from, some of the speakers I worked with in planning that event. And then I think one other
thing, more on the academic side, but you could call it, I
guess it’s an elective class, so the Fuqua Client
Consulting Practicum or FCCP, I participated in that
last Spring semester, and it was a group of five
of us, five MBA students, and we did a consulting
project for Pacific Gas and Electric, so it was really
impactful and meaningful to me to get to work with
a company that I could see myself going to work for in the future, dealing with one of the
real world questions that they wanted us to help address, and really going deep into the question that was pressing in the energy sector. So it was a class but it was also more like a real consulting experience and I got class credit for researching a lot about the energy industry. So there’s nothing better than that. – Awesome, so one of our
questions is about the FCCP and how EDGE works with the FCCP, so just to give you a little bit
better sense of the context, every year there are about
between 20 and 30 FCCP projects and each one of those is a
real live project for a client, and there’s a matching
process by which teams of four or five students
are paired with the company to work on a real business challenge. So the way we participate
with that program is we help source projects,
so through our relationships at EDGE, our Advisory Board
members, or the industry professionals that we are
engaging with on a regular basis, we talk to them about
the kinds of projects that might relevant,
or of interest to them, and then we bring in a number
of options for students, those are presented with
the entire FCCP portfolio. So students have a choice,
there’s the process by which students can
indicate their preferences and we can see which
projects have the best fit and then we match students
with projects for the year. Every year the projects are
different because it really depends on the companies
that decide to participate as well as whatever the timely
issues they’re facing are, so we have had projects that are working for utility companies, that
are working for big retailers, we have had projects
working for renewable energy start-ups, or energy consulting firms. We usually can’t give a lot
of the details about our past projects because most of them are done under a non-disclosure agreement, but they all are projects
that might involve a typical sort of MBA skill
set of qualitative analysis, or marketing, or strategy
project for a client that we consider is in the
energy and/or environment space. And then our Executive Director
Dan Vermeer typically is the faculty advisor for that
subset of projects each year. So that’s a bit more about FCCP. Let me take a look at other questions. So, this is probably a
good one for you Paige, at least to have an opinion on, we often get asked about
whether the MEM is essential for making a career change
into energy or sustainability, so maybe talk about why you
chose to do a joint degree instead of just an MBA concentration? – Sure, absolutely. So I think,
I know it’s not the answer you may want to hear, but it depends. It depends on what your background is. What you’re interested in going forward. And really how deep
and technical you wanna get within the energy industry. So there are definitely
ways to transition into the energy industry space even
without a background in it, without the MEM. You can
take classes here at Fuqua, you can take classes
at the Nicholas School, attend a lot of speakers and other events, and educational events around campus to really fill in gaps in your knowledge. For me personally, I wanted
to get back a little bit more to the science and technical
side of the energy industry, so I chose to go a little bit deeper, and it is an extra year on the degree. So it’s a personal decision
you have to weigh about the time commitment that
you want to put into it. I have gotten a lot out of
it and really enjoyed it, but I’ve also had MBA
classmates and peers who’ve made really big transitions from
one career path into energy without doing the MEM,
it’s really a matter of really being intentional about how you want to access those
resources while you’re here on campus to build the
knowledge in the industry and the skill set you think you need for whatever career you’re looking for. – Yeah, and I’ll just add
one of the things that Paige has mentioned that I
didn’t mention earlier is the Energy Initiative, so
EDGE is based here at Fuqua, but there’s also a
university level initiative called the Duke University
Energy Initiative, and their website is energy.duke.edu. They are another great
resource for students. So as a Fuqua student you
have access to everything that we’re doing at EDGE
but you also can access the broader campus
offerings, so both those are curricular and extracurricular. There are networking events.
There are field trips. There are Lunch and
Learns with executives, so that’s specific to energy
but if you’re interested in energy that’s a great resource. And if you’re interested in
environmental sustainability issues primarily, you
also can take advantage of everything that’s happening
over at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the sustainability related events and classes over there. – Can I add one thing to that? – Yeah. – There are also campus-wide
initiatives more broadly related to sustainability,
so the Duke University climate coalition is
one of them if you want to get involved in something climate or sustainability related
that’s not energy specific. And there also are the Sustainable Duke, and the Carbon Offsets
offices that are working on sustainability issues on Duke’s campus that you can also tap into. – Excellent. So we have a question right
here about recruiting, so maybe you could talk about your own experience with
the recruiting process. Liz asked, can you discuss
what the recruiting process is like and if you’re interested
in working for a utility, do utilities hire general MBAs and then assign them to
groups or do MBAs interview for specific positions,
does this process differ for internships versus full-time jobs? – Sure I can take a stab at that. So I’ve done two internships
during my dual degree here at Fuqua my first one was
with National Grid, which is an electric and gas
utility in the Northeast, and this past summer I
worked for NextEra Energy, which is the parent company of Florida Power and Light, found in Florida. So I do have some experience
recruiting in that sector, and like I mentioned I worked
with with PG&E on FCCP project so focusing specifically
on utilities and then I can talk more broadly about
energy recruiting timelines. Yes, utilities do hire MBAs, both for internships and full-time degrees. Whether or not they
hire you into a program or a specific role varies
across different utilities. National Grid, for
example, I as an intern, was hired into a specific role, but they have a rotational
program that they offer for full-time MBAs, NextEra
similarly I was hired into a specific role and if I went back would also being going
into a specific role. PG&E has an intern program
and a graduate development rotational program which is similar to Southern California Edison as well, and there are many other
utilities across the country, but those are a couple
examples of the utilities that have hired Fuqua
students and that I’m familiar with their timelines and process. I believe you asked
about timeline as well. So energy generally recruits
later than the majority of other sectors that come to campus, but utilities… typically
their recruiting timeline will run late October
through February roughly. It varies a little bit based
on the specific company. So we actually have two
utility companies doing a virtual presentation tonight with some of our first-year students that
we’re really excited about, and we have several more
that will be on campus for presentations within
the next several weeks, and we haven’t talked
about Energy Week yet, but during Energy Week,
which includes the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition, the Duke University Energy Conference, as well as a number of other events. Throughout that we have utility companies and other energy companies
engaged in speaking, in sponsoring the events, they’ll be here, so there’s a lot of different touch points with these companies across campus. Did I hit on all of those? – I think so. Energy Week is a huge
undertaking which the club plays a really important
leadership position in organizing both the day-long conference which happens here at
Fuqua, and the Energy and Emerging Markets Case Competition, which is a graduate case competition bringing teams from all over the country and internationally to
compete and then a host of other events, it
happens in early November, so we’re all a little wrapped
up with that right now. We also host our EDGE Advisory
Board meeting that same week so there’s a lot going
on early in the year. On the recruiting front, one
of things I just wanna add is, one of the things that
I am most proud of at Fuqua since we launched the MBA
concentration in Energy and Environment and EDGE
is just the kinds of career opportunities our students go on to have. So I’m just really blown
away by the students and this combination of
this world class MBA program plus the energy industry
specific information that our students can have in
preparation for these careers. So when we look out at where
our students go to work, they’re all with the marquee
names in the industry, so they’re with the big utilities, they’re with the big oil
and gas super-majors, they’re with the start-ups,
the clean tech companies, with, I wanna say Google
Energy, Facebook’s Energy department, also on
the sustainability front, lots of multi-national
corporations like Nike, and Levi’s, and Carnival,
Land O’ Lakes, Amazon, so I think that the
combination of experiences our students have here
really prepares them well to be incredible candidates for the types of jobs that they wanna pursue after. It is a little bit of a different
kind of recruiting cycle, as Paige alluded to, especially for some of the smaller companies, some
of the sustainability jobs that don’t recruit as early in the year as some of the on-campus MBA employers, but the positions are out there, and our alumni and
graduates do really well. So it’s an exciting space to work in and I think a really meaningful one too. Let’s take another question here, so one says how often
does Fuqua MBA Energy Club team up with the Nicholas
School Energy Club? I’m sure you a thought on that. – Yes, I talk with the
Co-Presidents of the Nicholas School Energy Club on a regular basis. So Katie mentioned earlier
how EDGE brings together student organizations that are interested in energy and environment here at Fuqua, similarly the Energy
Initiative brings together student leaders from across
campus who are leading energy clubs, so that includes
Fuqua, the Nicholas School, Pratt School of Engineering,
Sanford School of Public Policy as well as undergrad energy related clubs. So we meet at least twice a
semester in a formal setting, but informally the Nicholas
School is heavily involved in Energy Week, in fact
although the case competition and the conference are
heavily driven by the MBA Energy Club, Energy Week
is a campus-wide initiative and we have two co-chairs
for that event this year, one is from Fuqua, one is
from the Nicholas School. So we have a really good
balance of perspectives in planning and driving those events. And then within Energy
Week we have participation from all of the student
groups that I mentioned as well as support from and input from EDGE and Energy Initiative. Some specific ways that we
interact with the Nicholas School, we like to put on
social events at least once a semester where we have a
graduate school energy mix. We actually just had one last week, between Fuqua, the Nicholas School, and the Sanford School of Public Policy just as a way to get students mingling and talking about energy issues. And then the MEM/MBA Club,
which represents the dual degree students between those two
schools also tries to facilitate interactions between the
different student populations and they’ve put on what
they call the Nixer, Nicholas, mixer, put
together and that’s also once a semester and that is
intended to bring together energy, environment,
sustainability focused students between the two schools as
well in a social setting. And then we just overlap across
campus in different events, particularly the broader
Duke related energy events, and then we also have some
Nicholas School students who take certain classes
here at Fuqua, such as the Edge Seminar, and then
we have some Fuqua students who take classes at the
Nicholas School if they want to dive deeper into
environmentally related coursework. – Awesome. So one of the questions
we get asked a lot, which is not expressly
in our line up here, but is sort of alluded to
by some of these questions is the how to get involved question. So maybe I can talk about that
from EDGE’s perspective first and then you can talk about
that from the Energy Club. So how to get involved, the
first answer is even in your first year, you can take
the EDGE Seminar class. So we make it open in the
Fall semester and the Spring semester open to first-year MBAs, so even while you’re in
your first-year MBA core, you can take the EDGE Seminar as a one and a half credit overload. And it’s a great introduction
to the issues of the industry. It’s great talking points
before you go to Energy Week and some of the recruiting on campus, and it’s a great way to
interact with us on EDGE staff. And every semester we
have different speakers in the EDGE Seminar, so you
can take it in your Fall and then you can take it
again, either in the Spring, or in one of your two
semesters in your second year. So that’s a great opportunity
to connect with us. We also do a lot of informal lunches to discuss current issues. I hold office hours with students. So I’m happy to chat any
time with first-year students about your career
interests, how we can help you get connected, if you just need advice on what kinds of resources
to take advantage of, and then a lot of the other stuff we do we sort of do in
partnership with the clubs. So if we have an event that’s relevant to the Net Impact Club, we
partner with the Net Impact Club to promote that, so you
don’t have to join EDGE as a student, you just
join the Net Impact Club and we’ll promote our
sustainability related offerings through them, or you join the Energy Club, and we’ll partner on
events such as Energy Week. We do occasionally have
an EDGE Fellows program, so some of the other centers
have a formal, every year sort of Fellows program
that students can apply for, in EDGE we use Fellows on
a project by project basis. So some years we have a
big project that we invite both first-year and second-years to apply, to get involved with, this
year we have a project that we’re working on for Spring of 2018, called ClimateCap, it will
be a big multi-business school partnership event on climate change and the implications for business. So we have a team of EDGE Fellows who are helping us with
that project this year. But many of those opportunities
change from year to year, so the best thing to
do is to join the clubs that we engage with,
take the EDGE seminar, drop by my office hours, and you’ll see all of that come across
to you as a student. – Do you want me to add? – Yes, add how to get
involved with the clubs. – There’s no shortage
of ways to get involved and it really is a
spectrum, so it’s as little or as much as you’re interested in, and that applies to the
Energy Club, to Net Impact, and to pretty much anything here at Fuqua or on broader Duke’s campus. So at minimum you can just
sign up to be a member of the club and that means
you get our newsletters on a regular basis and
then you can come to events If you go to our club
website, if you search Fuqua Energy Club, I think it’s
the first link that pops up. The address is a little bit
long or I’d give it to you here. You can see all of the events that we run. So you can just come, show
up to the Lunch and Learn with second-year students to
talk about their internships, come to some of the recruiting events that we put on with the CMC,
you know show up at a panel during a conference, come
watch the Case Competition presentation so that’s
sort of the baseline. And then you can also, even
as a first-year student apply for first-year cabinet positions. And again that applies to all
Fuqua clubs across campus. So actually this week we’re
going through the process as the full Fuqua student body
to do first-year applications for cabinet positions and
within the Energy Club those range from helping
field questions from people like you, prospective
students, to working with the Career Management Center on career development activities
and company outreach, that might be running
educational based events, helping manage our budget,
helping plan social events, so there’s a lot of different
things that you can do from that regard, and then
if you want to dive deep of course as a second-year
we have co-chairs that run our major events,
the Case Competition, Energy Week, the conference,
as well as other second-year cabinet positions and roles
similar to what I mentioned. Then really across campus
you can get involved and just go to speakers,
you can go listen to talks, you can help plan events if
that’s what you wanna do, you can take classes, you can do FCCP, so it’s really as much or
as little as you want to do. I have never been bored. There’s always too much. – Also there’s similar corollaries to some of the other clubs, so
the Food and Ag Club has a big event called FoodCon, and so they use students
to help put that on, including first-years,
and the Net Impact Club has an annual sustainable business and social impact
conference here at Fuqua and that happens typically in
February, so the Spring semester. So there’s opportunities
to help plan that. There’s also the Week in Cities. I don’t think you mentioned that. Clubs have career-tracks
to different locations and you can help plan
those, plus there are always opportunities to be entrepreneurial,
come up with new ideas, proposals if you have a
great idea for something you think needs to be offered that isn’t, there’s often an audience
and space for that as well. – I had a conversation
with a first-year last week actually, who said I want
to start running events related to the nexus
between energy and water, can we do that through the Energy Club? And I said sure plan it and we’ll do it. So jump right in and give us your ideas. – Awesome, so we have a couple
more questions about careers. So one is about whether tech
companies recruit MBA students interested in energy to
help them reduce their carbon footprint, can
we shed a little light on how often they recruit
for these kind of roles? And another one is
within the energy sector are there certain types of companies that are most common
targets for Fuqua students, utilities versus developers,
investor asset manager groups? So maybe I’ll comment
first and then let you add. So when it comes to your recruiting, I really think the key is less about what the market is like and
more about what you want to do. So we don’t prescribe an
agenda for our students. We ask what is that
you’re most excited to do? What kind of impact do you
want to have in the world and how do you want to use your MBA skill set to make that impact? So there are so many
options and the portfolio of careers that are students
go on to are really driven more by the students than
by the market opportunities. Of our dual degree students
about half of them, each year are in the energy
and environment program through the Nicholas School program track, and so they are looking at utilities or clean tech companies
or energy management jobs at tech companies like
a Facebook or Google. And about half of them are
interested in other sort of environmental sustainable pursuits, whether that’s environmental
impact investing, or resource conservation,
or corporate sustainability, or you name it, we can think of a student whose had a passion for it,
sustainable food, oceans, and deep sea mining, and all
kinds of different pursuits. So I think that the key is
to come with your passion and what you’re excited
about and then we’ll help you figure out where we have
resources we can leverage, where we have alumni that
you might want to talk to, and where we can help connect
you with those opportunities. Anything you want to add? – Yeah I think, I also get
asked this question by both prospective students
and first-year students about who recruits on campus,
what is that process look like and I will say yes, some energy
and sustainability focused companies do recruit on campus,
however, like Katie said, a lot of the recruiting process
is driven by the student. So the example of tech
companies who are looking to manage carbon or reduce
their energy consumption. Katie named a few examples
of you hear big companies making commitments to 100%
renewables or they’re signing deals to procure renewable energy. Those teams are small and they’re niche. So, you know Facebook
Energy is not going to come to Fuqua and do a presentation
but we do have an alumni who got a job at Facebook Energy, but that was a matter of networking, understanding the industry
and really being clear in what the goal and
what the path would be, and Fuqua and Duke more broadly
has a lot of great resources for you to tap into, but it’s
really about being proactive, and not waiting for
opportunities to come to you, but going out and
finding the opportunities and finding a way to make it happen. So it can happen but it’s
not gonna be some other sectors where you would
see here that they’re lots of companies that come
straight to you here, but there’s a lot of
support and resources, and I think it’s about
asking the right questions and you know sticking to the
goal that you have in mind, and we like to help students
find a way to achieve it. – Excellent. So I think we’re caught
up on all of the questions that have come in through our live feed, so is there anything you want to add in terms of final parting thoughts. – Sure, I think a lot of
questions that I get from students also relate to a concern
about not having a background in energy, or in sustainability,
or environmental issues, and can I transition, how
do I make the transition? So I’m an example, there
are many other examples like me of people who come in with little or with no background in this space. So again it’s about being
clear about your goal, really taking advantage
of all the resources that there are on campus to
learn as much as you can, and I also have students ask me, okay I think I’m interested in this, I’m applying to Duke, what
should I do between now and when I step foot on campus
as a first-year student? And I would say just explore,
read, there are a lot of great resources for energy
and the environment issues. Greentech Media, Utility
Dive, there are articles, podcasts, books, anything
you can think of really, and I think just by exploring the industry what people are talking about, what the current trends are,
it can help you identify your passion, what you’re interested in, what do you get excited
when you read about it? A podcast talks about energy efficiency and you just loved it
and you talked about it with your friends or your partner and maybe that’s something
you wanna pursue. So I think just jump in
and go deep in as much as you can now, but not
researching companies, and looking for alumni,
just learning and exploring and finding out what you
might be interested in. – That’s good advice. On the EDGE website there is
a recommended reading page, so if you just want some sort of basics, there are a couple of videos
and links to general resources, they are both on energy
and sustainability topics. And then on our blog, we
have a lot of material from past speakers who’ve come
to speak at our EDGE Seminar, we do a video series called EDGE chats where you can watch and learn a little bit about what executives are talking about. We have some profiles of alumni up there. So you can look for the tag
alumni and search on that, and we also have some articles about some of the events that are
happening on campus. I think that my parting
thoughts for you all would be just to reiterate how exciting the opportunities are in this space. For me, I think as MBA
students at any top university, you’re gonna have amazing opportunities, but what I feel is really compelling about the energy and environment
space is the opportunity to work in an industry that’s really changing people’s lives every day. When we talk about energy
issues those have some real implications on how
we all live our lives, and we talk about environmental
sustainability issues, it’s really a chance to marry
a passion with your skill set in a challenging, and rewarding,
and exciting discipline. So I’m really excited about
the future for those career options for our students
and I’m also really excited about the kinds of
opportunities that we’re able to offer students here
at Fuqua and at Duke. And Durham is just a really
fun place to live too. – Yes, absolutely, there’s
a lot to get involved in on campus, in downtown Durham,
and in the surrounding areas. There’s no end to the things
you can explore and do here. – All sustainable, and environmentally, and energy efficient too. So I think with that
we’ll close for today. If you have follow-up
questions take a look at the website for the
clubs, for EDGE, for Fuqua. You can send follow-up questions by email if you still have any and we hope to see you all
here on campus in the future.

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