A roadmap to success in 2014

Whether it’s an internship with Intel or launching a hotdog vending business or traveling to New York City to learn about the fashion industry, once they discover their personal passions, Wake Forest students find their career paths.


What can I do with an English major?

Wake Forest helps students answer questions about the connections between major and career — giving them confidence as they meet with potential employers and learn how to talk about what talents and skills they bring to the workplace.

David Hughes works on software for Intel's Connected Wheelchair Project.

Internship on the world’s stage

While interning at Intel, a Wake Forest computer science major worked on the Connected Wheelchair Project, which received international attention and endorsement from world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.


Not your ordinary hotdog

After graduation, seniors Jesse Konig, Jack Zimmermann and Ben Johnson are taking their dogs to D.C. — their hotdogs. The grads are launching a food truck to sell their innovative Swizzler.

Seniors Nayan Hussain and Elizabeth Law work on creating visual maps that will help them think about possible career paths.

Visual maps provide career direction

Students are learning to better navigate their career paths by creating vision maps that capture the patterns and themes in life’s most significant moments and connect them to possible choices after graduation.


Building a personal leadership style

Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy told a standing-room-only crowd that leading people works best when you stay true to yourself — which was sometimes a challenge for the soft-spoken man who made his career in the NFL.


Exploring careers, making connections

From Times Square to Brooklyn to Queens, Wake Forest students covered miles of sidewalk and subway lines exploring careers in media, fashion and retail, public relations and advertising, and the arts.


Theatre major to designer

In the five years since she graduated, Lauren Gaston has taken her acting, directing, designing and drawing skills — combined them with her love of travel — and become a rising star in the world of costume design.


Earning power: majors are minor

A report released by the Association of American Colleges and Universities on liberal arts majors and employment shows that liberal arts majors may start off a bit slower than others when it comes to earnings, but the salary gap closes over time.


Plotting a green career path

A new masters program created by Wake Forest’s Center for Energy, the Environment & Sustainability (CEES) gives students and early career professionals the diverse skill set they need to carve out a place in the global sustainable business market.


It’s a dog’s life

While communication and psychology professors don’t teach “dog-speak,” they do teach students how to understand and interact with people — valuable traits that have allowed one graduate to parlay her passion for dogs into a fulfilling career.

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