Lower division advising is a critical component to a Wake Forest student’s development as these advising sessions often help them decide their major. As you meet with students we recommend you consider including these four ideas in your conversation. As students ask you questions you can always guide them to our Career Development Guidebook to find information.
Refer students to DeaconSource
Our students can easily begin their career development by registering for DeaconSource, Wake Forest’s job and internship website. Registering gives students access to internships and provides career services with details on our students’ basic interests so students can receive announcements regarding career events and opportunities. Students need to attend a 20 minute, informative registration meeting to activate their DeaconSource account.
Encourage students to turn their high-school resume into a Wake Forest resume
A solid resume is needed to apply to good summer jobs, internships, and undergraduate research experiences. Encourage your students to update their high-school resumes. For support, our students can use the resume instructions and samples found on our career services website or in their DeaconSource Career Guide. When ready, students can have their resumes reviewed by a career services counselor every weekday at the Office of Career Services during our walk-in resume review hours: 1 – 2:45pm Monday through Thursday and from 10 – 11:45am and 1 – 2:45pm on Friday.
Promote informed major selection
Our career counselors recommend undeclared majors take the Focus2 assessment instrument which can help students discover majors and careers that could fit them best by also identifying their skills and interests. Even if students have an initial major or career path, Focus2 can confirm their decision or help them think more broadly about the may options available. Additionally, students can learn more about the great variety of jobs and careers available to majors by checking out our What can I do with a Major in handouts or Vault.com and meeting with a Career Counselor.
Urge students to seek internships
We know that internships are the best way to learn about possible career paths (and confirm to an employer that a student has experience outside of the classroom or lab). Career Services receives internship opportunities from employers, faculty, alumni, and parents weekly and they are posted throughout the year on DeaconSource. Additional opportunities can be found at Internships.com. You can also encourage students to do academic internships to help further their education with hands-on experience. If students have questions about academic credit and internships send them here.