The Veterans Transition Symposium will be held on January 28th, 2017

January 28th Veterans Transition Symposium

“This is a MUST DO event to help any soldier in their transition to the civilian sector.”

Click to Register for the January 28th Veterans Transition Symposium

Schedule of Events
Symposium Speakers


Please click the following link for driving and parking instructions for the event: 28 JAN Veterans Transition Symposium – Parking


Greetings to all transitioning service members who have protected and served this country!

On Saturday, January 28th the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University will host the next installment of our F.I.V.E. STAR Transitions one-day symposiums to help veterans transitioning to civilian life in the near and distant future.

During this advanced training program, participants will be given the opportunity to develop skills in how to 1) better navigate the job market, 2) network more effectively 3) master the job interview  4) further develop your confidence to promote yourself as a veteran in any civilian industry.

Hosted by F.I.V.E Star Transitions and the Duke MBA Armed Forces Association (DAFA), this event will feature a combination of technical training sessions with hands-on-tutorials, mock interviews administered by Duke’s MBA candidates, and panel discussions that feature the expertise of hiring managers and previously transitioned veterans.

This event is 100% free for participants, thanks to our volunteers and corporate sponsors!

Quotes From Past Symposium Participants:

“I am touched by how many individuals committed their Saturday to helping us through this transition.  All volunteers were passionate and cared about giving back”

“The one-on-one resume review feedback section and interview was very interesting, helpful and relevant.  I appreciated receiving feedback from current MBA students who have been through the recruiting process and have relevant feedback regarding interviews and resumes.”

“This is a great event and I’m so glad that I could be a part of it and learn from the business professionals and other veterans.  The mock interviews were great.  I would like to do 3-4 rounds of interviews!”

“Truly excited about the panel Q&A session, mock interview and resume review.  I would have been extremely upset if I missed this event.  Thanks a whole bunch.”

“Fantastic symposium!  Especially liked the panel and mock interviews-EXTREMELY HELPFUL!”

“This symposium was extremely helpful.  All the speakers and members were warm, friendly and helpful.”

Schedule of Events

The F.I.V.E. STAR Transitions Symposium at Duke University will be made up of seven sessions to help motivated job seekers successfully navigate today’s job market.

In addition to the scheduled programming during the event, we will also have a professional photographer available throughout the day to take portrait photos. Hunter Rudd, a veteran and incoming Fuqua student, will be taking pictures for symposium participants to use on professional websites such as LinkedIn. His services include coaching and ensuring you are happy with your picture, blemish removal, and full resolution photos.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Registration (9:30 – 10:00 AM)
  • Session #1  (10:00 – 12:30 PM):  Resume building and Art of Telling Your Story - Dr. Jeremy Petranka

Dr. Petranka is the recently appointed Assistant Dean of Fuqua’s Master of Management Studies and Master of Quantitative Management programs. Having earned his PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his career has included strong advocacy of veterans. We are proud to welcome him to Fuqua and excited for him to share his expertise in crafting your professional story and building a resume that will resonate with potential employers.

  • Lunch (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

Lunch is provided to all participants courtesy of F.I.V.E. Star Transitions, the Duke MBA Armed Forces Association, and our Sponsors

  • Session #2    (1:30 PM – 2:15 PM):  Career Panel

Where can you go to speak to a group of veterans who have overcome great odds and reached the highest levels of success as leaders in the civilian industry? If you said the F.I.V.E. STAR Transitions Symposium at Duke then you are correct!

Hear directly from successfully transitioned veterans at the world’s leading companies as they discuss their experience interviewing and hiring veterans.  Learn what works and what to avoid, and have your questions answered during our informal, conversational Q&A period.

  • Session #4  (2:15 – 3:45 PM):  LinkedIn Tutorial (A & B groups switch) 

LinkedIn is the most powerful networking tool in the world today. During this session you will experience hands-on training from an expert to learn how to maximize this tool to your advantage during the job search process.

  • Session #5  (4:00 – 5:30 PM):  Mock Interviews (A & B groups switch)

When it comes to interviewing, there’s no substitute for practice. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to put into practice the skills you’ve learned throughout the day in a one-on-one mock interview conducted by an experienced Duke University Business School member. Feedback and time for Q&A will be included at the end of each mock interview. An edited copy of your resume will be provided during the event if you register and send a copy of your resume by January 25th.

  • Session #7  (5:30 – 5:45 PM):  Closing Remarks
  • Post Event  (5:45 – 6:30 PM) Social Hour (Washington Duke)

End your experience with an opportunity to network, have a drink and share your thoughts on the day’s events with each other, some of our presenters and the leaders of organizations that were involved in putting on the day’s events.


To register for the event, please visit the registration page here: Register for the January 28th Veterans Transition Symposium. You will then be able to register and complete the application for the event in just a few minutes. Participation is limited to 100 participants, so be sure to sign up soon. On our webpage, you will also have access to full bios of our presenters, testimonials from other veterans that have attended a F.I.V.E. Star Transitions symposium and much more information. We look forward to working with you!