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January 12 – February 12, 2022 | Introductory Mentoring Skills Online Certificate Course
Colorful circles with images of people, Introductory Mentoring Skills online certificate courseThis course is designed as an introduction to skills and strategies used by effective mentors and mentees. We will also explore tools that will help you build and maintain your mentoring network. At the end of this course, you should be better equipped with the language and tools for engaging in mentoring relationships and conversations both personally and professionally. After completing the course and its final assignment, participants will receive an Introductory Mentoring Skills Certificate. This is a self-paced, virtual class that will be available to participants from January 12 – February 12, 2022. Registration closes January 7 at 5pm.

Open Enrollment | Five For Your First Five Online Course
Five For Your First Five online course for young alumniOver five modules you will be introduced to the five key competency areas that we believe all young professionals need to master in their first five years after college; reflect on your values, skills, strengths, and learning goals; identify the people you need to have in your network; and create a plan for what comes next, for you. This self-paced course has been designed to accompany the book, Five For Your First Five: Own Your Career and Life After College, written by Allison E. McWilliams, Assistant Vice President for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development at Wake Forest University.

Open Enrollment | JUMPSTART: A Job Search Strategy Prep Course
Jumpstart job search course with multicolored stacked triangle graphicsBetween endless online applications and emails to networking contacts, the job search can feel like a shot in the dark. But it doesn’t have to be! There are effective tools and strategies known to increase success, and in this self-paced online prep course, we’ll break down what you need to know for your next job search. At the end of this prep course, you will have clarity on your job search target, a refreshed resume and LinkedIn profile, greater understanding of the strength of your network, and a plan for what’s next. This open enrollment prep course is entirely self-paced. You’ll have access to all the materials and we won’t remove you from the course after you finish.

Skills-based Workshops
From our colleagues at the School of Business, these technical classes are offered to alumni monthly. Access recordings of previous classes, and register below to join live. Classes are virtual and run from Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

Tune-Up Tuesdays – Resume Reviews | Tuesday Mornings in January 2022Virtual Resume Reviews with green border and person's hand holding up a phone
New year, new resume! The start of a new calendar year is the perfect time to refresh your resume document. Simply email us your resume in a Word Document format to WFUalumnicareers@nullgmail.com along with any context or questions that you have for us. We’ll review resumes every Tuesday morning in January 2022 and email you with our feedback and edits. Easy as that! 

January 7, 2022 | January Alumni Coffee Chat
We know it’s tough to connect with new people right now. WhetherCoffee chat with alumni with background image of a laptop and coffee cup you’re hoping to build your network professionally or just take a few minutes to meet someone new, sign up for these 1:1 alumni conversations! Here’s how it works: Register by Friday, January 7th. Our team will match alumni for 1:1 conversations. On Tuesday, January 11th, we’ll connect each conversation pair with a short introductory email. Each conversation pair will work to find a time to meet that works for you both! It’s that easy! Plan to chat for 15-minutes, maybe over coffee or a quick bite to eat!

January 18, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm (via Zoom) | Alumni Book Group – Untamed by Glennon DoyleAlumni Book Group with colorful image of the book Untamed
In this extended conversation we will discuss the book Untamed by Glennon Doyle. We will discuss what it means to have a “good enough life,” to let go of what you want for yourself in order to “fit” into socially-constructed expectations, and what it means to “listen to your inner Knowing.” We will explore Glennon’s question, “Who was I before I became who the world told me to be?” and what it means for our individual lives, our work, and our community.

February 4, 2022 | February Alumni Coffee Chat
We know it’s tough to connect with new people right now. WhetherCoffee chat with alumni with background image of computer, notebook, and coffee cup you’re hoping to build your network professionally or just take a few minutes to meet someone new, sign up for these 1:1 alumni conversations! Here’s how it works: Register by Friday, February 4th. Our team will match alumni for 1:1 conversations. On Tuesday, February 8th, we’ll connect each conversation pair with a short introductory email. Each conversation pair will work to find a time to meet that works for you both! It’s that easy! Plan to chat for 15-minutes, maybe over coffee or a quick bite to eat!

February 16, 2022, 12:00-12:30pm | Wednesday Webinar: Build Your Network with Recruiters and Employers
Trying to connect with recruiters and employees at companies ofBuild your network with graphic of three people on devices interest to you can feel dicey. Do you message them on LinkedIn? Send an email? And what do you even say?! Wake Forest alumna Katie Hooper (‘14) is an executive recruiter in the consulting industry and has hired employees for companies like McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte, and BCG. She’ll provide tips, strategies, and some inside scoop on how to effectively reach out to recruiters and employers the right way.

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm (via Zoom) | Alumni Book Group – So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
In this special four-part conversation we will discuss the book So You Want toTalk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. In this masterful,Image of the "So You Want to Talk About Race" book in a conversation bubble necessary book, Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life. We will reflect on the topics and think together about how to be a better colleague, manager, friend, and human. Please note: Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions.

March 4, 2022 | March Alumni Coffee Chat
We know it’s tough to connect with new people right now. WhetherCoffee chat with alumni with graphic of coffee cup you’re hoping to build your network professionally or just take a few minutes to meet someone new, sign up for these 1:1 alumni conversations! Here’s how it works: Register by Friday, March 4th. Our team will match alumni for 1:1 conversations. On Tuesday, March 8th, we’ll connect each conversation pair with a short introductory email. Each conversation pair will work to find a time to meet that works for you both! It’s that easy! Plan to chat for 15-minutes, maybe over coffee or a quick bite to eat!

March 16, 2022, 12:00-12:30pm | Wednesday Webinar – Figuring Out Feedback: How to Give It and How to Ask For it
Knowing how to ask for, listen to, and provide effective feedback isFiguring out feedback with background of a desk top and two conversation bubbles one of the key skills for every stage of your career. So why doesn’t anyone teach this stuff? In this 30-minute webinar, Assistant VP Allison McWilliams (‘95), Ph.D., will talk through the do’s and don’ts of effective feedback, explain why it matters so much, and provide tangible strategies you can use to level-up personally and professionally, starting today.  

April 1, 2022 | April Alumni Coffee Chat
We know it’s tough to connect with new people right now. WhetherCoffee chat with alumni with an image of a coffee cup you’re hoping to build your network professionally or just take a few minutes to meet someone new, sign up for these 1:1 alumni conversations! Here’s how it works: Register by Friday, April 1st. Our team will match alumni for 1:1 conversations. On Tuesday, April 5th, we’ll connect each conversation pair with a short introductory email. Each conversation pair will work to find a time to meet that works for you both! It’s that easy! Plan to chat for 15-minutes, maybe over coffee or a quick bite to eat!

April 6, 2022, 12:00-12:30pm | Wednesday Webinar: Considering Graduate School? Here’s What You Need to Know
If you’re wondering if graduate school is the right next step forConsidering graduate school with graphic of a woman in cap and gown considering various questions your career, there are several factors to consider! Join us for this 30-minute webinar as OPCD career coach (and resident graduate school expert) Shan Woolard (MALS ‘11) provides some practical tips and steps around the graduate school application process. From researching programs to writing a personal statement to nailing your interviews, we’ll cover the basics of what you need to know.

May 3, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm (via Zoom) |Alumni Book Group – Remaking Gathering
In this conversation we will discuss the On Being Podcast EpisodeAlumni book group with overhead image of people eating food at a table Remaking Gathering: Entering the Mess, Crossing the Thresholds, with Krista Tippett and Priya Parker. We will discuss what it means to gather, intentionally, to purposefully choose to belong to one another, and what it means to ask “what is worthy of our time” at work, in life, in this post-pandemic world. Any gathering, Parker tells us, “is a political act, an act of power negotiation.” Why do we gather? Why should we gather now? And what makes for a “good” gathering?

May 6, 2022 | May Alumni Coffee Chat
We know it’s tough to connect with new people right now. WhetherCoffee Chat with Alumni with graphic of coffee cup you’re hoping to build your network professionally or just take a few minutes to meet someone new, sign up for these 1:1 alumni conversations! Here’s how it works: Register by Friday, May 6th. Our team will match alumni for 1:1 conversations. On Tuesday, May 10th, we’ll connect each conversation pair with a short introductory email. Each conversation pair will work to find a time to meet that works for you both! It’s that easy! Plan to chat for 15-minutes, maybe over coffee or a quick bite to eat!

May 11, 2022, 12:00-12:30pm | Wednesday Webinar: Interview Like a Pro: Story Mapping & Tactics for Landing the Job You Want
Interviewing for a new job is tough. There’s behavioral questions,Interview Like a Pro webinar with picture of person typing on a laptop while on a video conference call case interviews, writing exercises, design challenges, recalling past projects, and more. In this webinar, alumna Sam Larsen ’16 will share her experiences and tips from interviewing at companies like Amazon, Wayfair, Etsy, and others on how to be a great interviewer and land that amazing job offer. Sam will discuss her STARI method, story mapping approach to behavioral questions, and what questions to ask the hiring manager to make sure you are finding the right fit for you with your next opportunity.