New first-destination data collected by Wake Forest’s Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) shows that 98 percent of 2014 Wake Forest grads are either employed or in graduate school.
First-destination data, information collected on students six months after graduation, also shows that more than a third of Wake Forest graduates remain in North Carolina to contribute their talents to our state. Eighty-three percent of the class of 2014 shared outcomes.
“Colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to help students not only imagine possible careers but to facilitate the relationships to guide and support them in their choices. The first job after college is just one step in the journey toward a meaningful life and career,” says Andy Chan, vice president of career development at Wake Forest.
As a national model for creating a college-to-career community, Wake Forest continues to look for innovative ways to improve how personal and career development services can help students connect early and effectively.
Here’s what’s new with Wake Forest’s career development program.
Speed-dating-style networking. While on-campus recruiting has declined nationwide in the last ten years, Wake Forest builds the relationships needed to attract more than 80 employers hiring across all academic majors. In a creative take on the typical career fair, an upcoming ‘STEM Slam,’ will have companies rotating to meet students rather than the other way around.
A re-designed career coaches program meets students where they are. OPCD career coaches offer targeted career preparation for specific academic disciplines — providing a point of contact for every student no matter what his or her major.
A University-wide, one-stop shop for student recruiting broadens opportunities across disciplines. Wake Forest’s employer relations team serves all students — providing go-to-market opportunities for all fields of study. Most universities have career offices for separate programs such as business, liberal arts, or graduate arts and sciences.
About Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.
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