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Want to “Get Ahead?” You Need These Four People

Network-building is relationship-building. And, if you want to get ahead, professionally or personally, you need a strong network. But how do you get started? In this post for Psychology Today, assistant VP Allison McWilliams identifies the four people you need and how to create a plan to find them. After all, your network starts with you.


Navigating Year One

Navigating your first year in your first job after college can be difficult and overwhelming. The good news is: you’re not the only one who feels that way! In this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar, Allison McWilliams (’95) and Katherine Laws (’20) discuss the challenges recent graduates face in their Year One and strategies for thriving […]


Signs It’s Time to Change Jobs

We all have a moment when we start to wonder, Is it time to make a change? The pandemic has heightened that awareness for many people, bringing to the forefront recognition of health needs, financial instability, or that one’s work and life are in misalignment. But even without the nudge of a global health emergency, […]


The Strategic Job Search: Setting Your Career Target

Planning to look for a new job? The first step in any strategic job search process is identifying your career/job target. In this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar, our Associate Director Lauren Beam (’07) will walk you through several steps and exercises for narrowing down what you’re looking for in your job search.


Return to Office Hits a Snag

In this NY Times piece by Nelson D. Schwartz and Coral Murphy Marcos, they explore the generational divide between employees who want to return to in-person work and those who prefer the flexibility of working remotely. As you navigate the shifting changes of the current work environment, consider the varying perspectives of in-person versus remote […]


Preparing for Re-Entry

As we hopefully start to see some light at the end of this tunnel, many workplaces are contemplating what it means to go back to work after the pandemic. Does everyone come back to the office? Does everyone continue to work from home? Will there be some kind of a hybrid model? There’s lots to […]


Virtual Interviewing: Determining Company Culture and the Key to Being Memorable

By Erin Andersen (MSM ’17), Career Transition Coach & LinkedIn Coach, Owner & Founder of Your Brand Networker, LCC You’re in the final moments before you leave your house for an interview – THE interview. The uncomfortable dress shoes that give you blisters are quickly pulled out from your closet, convincing yourself that you only […]


Use UX Strategies to Land a Job You Love

In this article from Medium, Wake Forest alumna Sam Larsen (’16) shares how she used strategies as a UX researcher to manage her job search. She breaks down eight specific approaches that you can start applying to your own job hunt now! To dive deeper, check out the LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar that Sam facilitated […]


Thinking of Joining a Start-up? Here are a Few Considerations

By Rachel Lord (‘13), Strategy and Operations at Clearbit in San Francisco, CA Ninety percent of start-ups fail. With venture backed start-ups, the investor’s business model is to distribute funding in anticipation that a few will produce outsized returns on a relatively short timeline. While this fact could seem daunting, there is so much growth […]


Finding Your Strengths in the Unexpected

We have all experienced incredible amounts of change throughout the past year, particularly in our workplaces. As you experience unexpected changes in your life and work, it’s helpful to have strategies to help you manage your current realities. In a recent webinar on our LEARN with @LifeAfterWake platform, alumnus John Champlin (’06, MBA ’15) shares […]


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