self-exploration Archive

Think About 2021 Goal-Setting Differently

If we learned anything in 2020, it’s to expect life to veer off in a different direction at any moment. As you contemplate career and life goals for 2021, this article by Joan Michelson in Forbes offers up practical tips and prompts for crafting your goals moving forward.


Stop Expecting Meaning from Work

In this article on Psychology Today, Allison McWilliams (’95), WFU Assistant Vice President for Mentoring and Alumni Personal and Career Development, offers some hard truths about expectations of work. She suggests that ultimately it’s on you to give meaning and purpose to your work – that you get to decide how you show up everyday […]


Take 5 with…: Wisdom + Advice from Wake Forest People

One of the best ways to get wisdom and advice on the choices you’re making and the situations you’re experiencing is through the stories of others who have been in your shoes. This month, check out the stories of several Wake Forest people in “Take 5 with…” as we ask five questions around defining success, […]


Finding Your Passions Outside of Work

In this video, alumna Clare Rizer (’13) shares 3 tips for finding your passions outside of a regular 9 to 5 job. While working full-time in public relations, she also parlayed her interests in fitness to land a part-time gig at an experiential fitness retailer. Clare currently resides in Charlotte, NC where she is the […]


TEDx Talk: How to Use Others’ Feedback to Learn and Grow

In this TEDx Talk, Sheila Heen shares her insights on the importance of receiving feedback to fuel professional and company growth based on years of consulting work with organizations around the world. She discusses how to embrace feedback as a valuable tool to enhance professional performance and to strengthen important relationships. Heen is a lecturer […]


The Value of Intentional Reflective Practices

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” This often-used saying, credited to John Lennon, sums up the conundrum faced by many young adults today (if not the rest of us, too). Be intentional, […]


Alumni Advice: Building a Life featuring Mary Tribble (’82)

In this video featuring Mary Tribble (’82), she shares what building a life has looked like for her both personally and professionally. She reflects on the importance of maintaining a sense of curiosity throughout her life, how she has found ways to integrate her interests in her personal life and career, and why it’s important […]


TEDx Talk: Strong is the New Pretty featuring Kate Parker (’98)

During the weekend of March 1-2, 2019, alumni women from the across the country will gather on campus for Wake Women’s Weekend. Alumna Kate Parker (’98) will serve as the morning keynote speaker as she shares about her bestselling book, “Strong is the New Pretty.” Can’t join us for this weekend of learning and relationship-building? […]


How to Bring Your Whole Self to Work

If you want your work to be more enjoyable (and productive), then it may be time to consider if you’re truly bringing your “whole self” to work each day. In this article by Mike Robbins via Greater Good Magazine, he identifies five specific things that you can do to be more effective and engaged in […]


Career Exploration: Considering Your “Possible Lives”

By Lauren Beam (’07), Associate Director, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University If you are considering a career change, or even just a role change within your current field of work, taking some time to explore your options and reflect on the possibilities is always helpful. Below is a simple career […]


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