Academic advising sessions were held last week, so I had the chance to talk to my ten freshmen during our one-on-one meetings. Even though they are all years away from having to find a job or a graduate school program, in each of my meetings I tried to talk about the future looming ahead.
Part of our focus at Wake Forest is on the education of the whole person, and that includes attending to the heart and soul as well as the mind. I told my advisees that in addition to learning about their classes and normal studies, they need to take some time to learn about themselves. Who are they? What makes them happy? What do they love/hate to do? The more the students can think about what brings them meaning and value and happiness, the better able they will be to focus their eventual job search into the areas that will pair up their talents and strengths with their values. And we as adults all know it makes a huge difference when you can do a job that you love and that excites you, vs. just doing a job to pay the bills.
I encouraged all my students to register (if they haven’t already) with DeaconSource in the Career Services office. Even if they aren’t actively thinking about their life after WFU now, they will get in the pipeline and receive emails about activities and events that might prove useful.
Again, the more your students can take time to think about what matters to them, take some online self-assessments such as Focus2, and attend some events, the more fruitful their career search will be down the road. Here’s a sampling of some of the events our Career Office is hosting for students in the coming weeks, sent via their weekly email.
Breaking into the Film Industry, Wed, Mar 30, 4:30pm, Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.
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NC Healthcare Career Expo, Thur, Mar 31 anytime from 11am-3pm in Bridger Field House at BB&T Field. Over 70 organizations are represented with programs from nursing to pharmacy to chiropractic to PT. No car? Catch the Gray Line shuttle at 55 minutes before or 27 minutes after any hour at the bus stop shelter by the Tennis courts.
Primed for Success: How to Transition into the Workforce and Prepare for An Internship, Presented by Deloitte Consulting, Fri, Apr 1, 11am-12pm, Benson 410. Learn what it takes to succeed in the professional world, as well as what actions and behaviors will ensure a successful foundation for your career. Following this, a panel of Deloitte practitioners will speak about their experiences and give students an opportunity to ask questions about work life and Deloitte. Limited seating. Seats are reserved for students with an interest in interning and/or working full-time for Deloitte! Students must RSVP through DeaconSource under Events/Info Sessions.
Deloitte Consulting Volunteer Service Event, Sat, Apr 2, 9am-1:30pm, Winston-Salem area. Interested in giving back to the Wake Forest community? Choose from volunteering your time with the Children’s Home OR the Salvation Army. Help your community while meeting and working with Deloitte practitioners. Lunch will be served afterwards, along with a presentation on Deloitte’s commitment to community service. This event is limited to 14 students! Students must RSVP through DeaconSource under Events/Info Sessions.
An Inside Look at Event Planning, Sun, Apr 3rd at 4pm, Carswell, Annenburg Auditorium. Founder of Rebecca Rose Events has planned events featuring, not one, but 2 former Presidents of the US! Learn from the expert about the event planning and public relations fields on…Yes, we said SUNDAY, but we do promise you won’t want to miss it if PR is your passion!
Job and Internship Connections with Guest Speaker, Dan Galloway, Tue, Apr 5 at 11am, Greene 162. Get There Early to get a seat! Mr. Galloway will get you completely pumped about……….. networking!