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💥Data on SEEKING FEEDBACK💥 – Here’s the breakdown of what percentage of each @wfualumni class felt very confident in their ability to seek out feedback on personal and professional choices.

Today we have more data from our 2022 survey findings from the Classes of 2017-2021 about our Five For Your First Five life and career competencies! By seeing what other Wake Forest graduates reported in terms of their confidence levels in these key skill areas, we hope it makes you consider:

🤔 How confident you are in these 5️⃣ areas?

🪴What’s one action step you can take to help you grow and develop in each competency area?

Click the 🔗 in our bio for more resources and action steps you can take to practice reflection, gather data on your choices, and use that to make wise decisions going forward.

Also, pop over to our stories to see upcoming events related to this competency area. 📆🎩

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⚡️NEW DATA⚡️ around building effective relationships – Here’s the breakdown of what percentage of each @wfualumni class felt very confident in their ability to build relationships with mentors and sponsors to support their goals. 🤝

These are 2022 survey findings from the Classes of 2017-2021 about awareness of and confidence in five key skill areas for thriving in your career + life after college (we call it Five For Your First Five!🎉).

Plus, don’t forget to consider:

🤔 How confident you are in these 5️⃣ areas?

🪴What’s one action step you can take to help you grow and develop in each competency area?

Click the 🔗 in our bio for more resources and action steps you can take to Create Community in a new city post-college and build relationships and connections that truly matter.

Also, pop over to our stories to see upcoming events related to this competency area. 📆🎩

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As we mentioned yesterday, we’ve been surveying each new graduating class from @wfuniversity for the past 5️⃣ years about their awareness of and confidence in five key skill areas for thriving in your career + life after college (we call it Five For Your First Five!🎉). We wanted to share with you our 2022 survey findings from the Classes of 2017-2021 this week and ask you to personally consider:

🤔 How confident you are in these 5️⃣ areas?

🪴What’s one action step you can take to help you grow and develop in each competency area?

Here’s the breakdown of what percentage of each @wfualumni class felt very confident in their ability to effectively balance personal interests with professional obligations.

Click the 🔗 in our bio for more resources and action steps you can take to build the balanced life and career that you want.

Also, pop over to our stories to see upcoming events related to this competency area. 📆🎩

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Over the past 5️⃣ years, we’ve been surveying each new graduating class from @wfuniversity about their awareness of and confidence in five key skill areas for thriving in your career + life after college (we call it Five For Your First Five!🎉). We wanted to share with you our 2022 survey findings from the Classes of 2017-2021 this week and ask you to personally consider:

🤔 How confident you are in these 5️⃣ areas?

🪴What’s one action step you can take to help you grow and develop in each competency area?

Here’s the breakdown of what percentage of each @wfualumni class felt very confident in their ability to seek out opportunities to intentionally grow their professional skills and abilities. 📊

Click the 🔗 in our bio for more resources and action steps you can take to grow in your ability to Do the Work and develop the skills + experiences you need for the next steps in your career!

Also, pop over to our stories to see upcoming events related to this competency area. 📆🎩

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🎩NEW DEACON SPOTLIGHT🎩

We recently caught up with Katie Neal ('03), who works as Vice President for Communications and Marketing at TimelyMD, a virtual wellbeing and health solution in higher education.

Here are a few fun facts about Katie:⬇️

🌎She's worked for PR and advertising agencies all over the world, including in Sacramento, San Francisco, and even Singapore.

🎩Katie used to work at @wfuniversity as the head of the News & Communications team for eight years before moving back to Lexington, KY in 2019.

📈Her freelance work with TimelyMD, starting in March 2020, ultimately led to her being promoted and working full-time for the company two years later (See? 💥 You never know when a freelance or part-time opp will translate into a more permanent thing!)

We'll leave you with these wise words from Katie:
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"Few things are more satisfying than a great catch-up with a longtime mentor or mentee. I’ve been fortunate to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of many formal and informal mentors throughout my life. We all need people who care deeply and can help us see ourselves and our situations more clearly. All of my mentors have two common traits: 1) They are terrific listeners and 2) They get straight to the heart of the matter, gently prompting me to take action vs. settling for what’s comfortable or the status quo.”

Read more of our Q&A with Katie at the 🔗 in our profile.

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Our first Coffee Chat with Alumni of 2023 is happening in February! ☕️ Deadline to sign-up and be included in our pairings for alumni conversations is next week, Friday, February 3! Whether this is your first time participating or you've signed up for every coffee chat in 2022, this is an awesome (and easy) way to expand your network. 👥👥👥👥👥👥

⚡️This is an alumni-only event (students – connect with @wfuopcd for student networking opps!)⚡️

[Side note: This is NOT a live, time-specific event! And yes, you have to register for each month in which you want to participate!]

If you’re new around here, this is how it works:

1️⃣ You register.

2️⃣ We pair you up with another 🎩 Wake alum and introduce the two of you via email.

3️⃣ The two of you find a mutually convenient time for a conversation (phone, Zoom, in-person, whatever makes sense for y’all!)

💥And just like that, you’ve grown your network, one conversation at a time!💥

It’s super simple. Sign-up at the 🔗 in our profile to give it a try!

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Back by popular demand, we're offering a new round of our Online Introductory Mentoring Skills certificate course! 🎉

What is it? How does it work? And who can participate? ⬇️

💥Limited to 100 spots (register by January 27th) – the course is already halfway full!⏳

🎩Open to any Wake Forest alumni, faculty, staff, or students for FREE.

💵 Non-Wake Forest affiliated folks may register but for a fee.

⏰ Course is self-paced and all virtual (no in-person or time specific meetings).

💻 Get access to all 4 course modules on February 1 and you have until March 1 to view the course content.

🗳️ Submit the final assignment by March 1, which our team will review and then provide you with written feedback, along with a certificate of completion (📌note: course is not for WFU academic credit).

This course is only offered once per year, so go ahead and register using the 🔗 in our bio!

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