We have a challenge for you, parents of graduating seniors. We need your help.
There are two critical pieces of information that we need from your students after they graduate. The first is their updated email address and physical address. We need their address and email so we know where they are physically living after graduation so we can include them in appropriate Wake Forest Club events in their area and so we can send them other news and updates. So often students do not give us an updated address and then we are mailing a Homecoming brochure to mom and dad’s address, not the student’s! So urge them to keep their contact information up to date. Students, alumni, and parents can all make updates here.
The second is their “First Destination” data. Our friends from the Office of Personal and Career Development explain it this way:
“It’s no surprise that our students find themselves in a wide and diverse range of functions and industries following graduation. In fact, 98 % of the Class of 2013 was employed or attending graduate or professional school six months after graduation*.
The time is near for us to bid farewell to another crop of excellent seniors, and the Office of Personal and Career Development recently announced First Destination data collection for the Class of 2014. The First Destination form provides an opportunity for seniors to share where they will go and what they will do immediately following graduation and is valuable information for the university. It takes less than one minute to complete and can be found here on the OPCD website. Please encourage your senior student to complete the form.
For those with seniors still seeking a job or admission into graduate school, it’s not too late. OPCD career coaches are available to help review resumes and LinkedIn profiles, provide networking and search tips, and offer mock interviews and professional development resources.
Seniors students still seeking might also consider the Wake Forest Connects, a large-scale networking event that gives students and recent alums (class of 2014) the opportunity to engage prominent alumni from various industries and job functions. The next Wake Forest Connects event is scheduled for June 5 in Washington DC at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit the Career Connects webpage.
*Calculated from a 77% response rate.”
If you are the parent of a graduating senior, please share this important information with them and ask them to update both their address and their First Destination data.