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6 Finance Tips For My Younger Self

It must be the money! Personal finances are one of those topics that many of us wish we learned more about in school. Budgeting, saving, investing, credit scores, student loan repayment – just thinking about these topics can provoke anxiety, even for the savviest finance gurus. It’s complex and it’s personal!  Because this issue can […]


How to Pay for Graduate School

Higher education certainly isn’t cheap these days. If you’re thinking about going to graduate school, you have several options to consider when it comes to covering financial costs. This article from Nerd Wallet offers up five possible strategies for covering your graduate school bill.


Your Money and Your Time: Managing Life as a New Professional

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University There’s a lot of emphasis on work in your first year after college – what type of work you will be doing, where you will be doing it, how to get it done – but figuring out life […]


Mindfulness… and Money

By Stephen Edwards (’10), Baird Private Wealth Management in Winston-Salem, NC “Doing well with money has a little to do with how smart you are and a lot to do with how you behave.” – Morgan Housel, author of The Psychology of Money Deacs, if you are reading this as a new grad of Mother […]


4 Steps to Negotiate Your First Salary

By Chelsea Keen, M.Ed. (’12), Career Coach and Founder of Uplifted Ambitions Career Coaching Chelsea Keen is a results-oriented career coach who empowers ambitious early and mid-level professional women to land their ideal job, advance in their career, and find fulfillment in their 9 to 5. She launched Uplifted Ambitions Career Coaching several years after […]


Resources to Get Financially Fit

Let’s be real. One of the most stressful parts of “adulting” is making decisions around money. What percentage of your salary should you be saving or investing each month? How and when will you finally finish paying off your student loans? How do you negotiate for the salary that you want and deserve? And can […]


5 Tips to Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

Do you feel like you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck? Or feel financial pressure to save part of your monthly earning but just can’t seem to make that happen? Wake Forest alumna Shannon McLay (’00) started a financial services company called Financial Gym, which uses a fitness approach to helping clients manage their money. In this blog post […]


Alumni Advice: Managing Your Personal Finances

In the following video, we hear from Sam Larsen (’16) about how she’s been able to manage her personal finances as a young professional, and tips on how to start investing your money (even if you don’t know much about the stock market!).


9 Steps to Negotiating Your Salary

Written by Jessica Williams (’03) for her website blog, The Superwoman Project, on September 17, 2018. Jessica is the Founder and CEO of The Superwoman Project and a speaker, coach, facilitator, and author. Learn more about her work and background here. This article is re-posted and shared with permission. Negotiating your salary doesn’t have to […]


The Ultimate Guide to Comparing Salaries With Your Peers

Ever wondered if your salary is on par with what your peers in similar roles are being paid? While discussing pay with colleagues can be awkward and uncomfortable, this article by Olivia Feld via The Muse provides useful tips how to find out what others in comparable roles are being paid and what you can […]


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