It isn’t just about the job you land once the diploma is in your hand, it’s more than that. To be Ready7 means you’re prepared and focused for whatever life may throw your way. From your aspirations, to the people who believe in you, even to how you believe in yourself… These seven tools give direction and purpose to the unclear and often-daunting journey from college to career.
Often overlooked, understanding yourself – your strengths, skills, interests, and values – is foundational. It enables you to connect your Wake Forest experience to the world of work and confidently articulate who you are and what interests you. It is the “personal” in Personal and Career Development.
There are a large range of careers available and most students are not even aware of them. Having a clear understanding of career options is essential.
A personal brand is the impression you give － in person, online, or on paper. A positive impression is often the difference-maker in getting hired and building a professional network.
Many students do not like the term “networking,” but, young professionals seeking opportunities need to learn, connect and have conversations with adult professionals and employers who can offer information, perspective, and advice about careers, helpful resources and experiences, internships and jobs.
Most students do not have experience interviewing under pressure. Opportunities are often decided based on interviews, so you must have practiced, confident, researched answers – and questions for the interviewer.
For internships, first jobs and graduate school, organizations want you to arrive with workplace skills and attitudes, including etiquette, professional written communication skills, and use of business software like Excel. Skills may be learned outside the classroom, including at work, in campus organizations, and through online resources and courses.
Leading an authentic and meaningful life is the core of Wake Forest’s commitment to educating the whole person. To do so, it is imperative for you to not only find a job and be successful in the workplace, but to honor and focus on the development of your own character, values and strengths.