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Why Power Skills Are the New Soft Skills

As the world of work has changed post-pandemic with hybrid and remote work environments, the skills employees and managers need to be successful and effective have also changed. In this article from Udemy, learn more about the term “Power Skills” and how employees can develop them. We also recommend downloading Udemy’s 2022 Workplace Learning Trends […]


10 Pieces of Relationship Building Advice from Alumni Who Know How to Stay Connected

This past fall, we heard from hundreds of alumni navigating burnout, languishing, career trajectories, and just life during this pandemic. You all told us something similar: we need specific, tactical advice.  We’re starting a new monthly column to help. We’ll address your most confusing career conundrums. And we’ve asked some of the best advice-givers we […]


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 […]


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 […]


From First-Gen to First Jobs: Navigating the College to Career Transition

Watch our latest LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar featuring Dr. Nate French (Director, Magnolia Scholars, at WFU) and Dr. Rosa Garcia (’14). They discuss the transition from college to the professional working world for first-generation college graduates as well as strategies for decision-making along the way.


How to Choose an Online Course or Degree to Advance Your Career

Looking to upskill for the job that you want through a training or degree program? The good news is that there are so many virtual options for taking an online course or getting an advanced degree. The difficult part is sorting through your options and choosing the best one for advancing your career. In this […]


Do the Work: Finding the Mentorship You Need (Not Just Want)

The idea of having a “mentor” sounds like a great idea, right? But how do you identify what type of person you need to help you work towards your goals? In our latest webinar from LEARN with @LifeAfterWake, Allison McWilliams breaks down how to seek out the mentorship you need. Watch the recording below!


Make Networking Work for You

How does the word “networking” make you feel when you hear it? Perhaps it’s overwhelming, intimidating, or uncomfortable. Or maybe it’s energizing and exciting. Regardless of how you approach networking-building, you can glean some practical tips from this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar facilitated by WFU alumna Kristin Winkle Beck (’97).


Three Professional Relationships Every Woman Needs to Advance Her Career

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 […]


Critical Conversations: Discussing Race at Work

By Kris Britton (’99, MBA 2019) Kris Britton is the CEO of Lucky Dog Volleyball, the official championship event merchandiser for USA Volleyball.  Based in Greensboro, NC, the firm is 100% owned and operated by women.  Kris volunteers with NCCJ Triad, a non-profit organization committed to fighting bias, bigotry and racism.  The year 2020 has […]


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