Career and Professional Development
Student-Athlete Development works hand-in-hand with Wake Forest University's Office of Personal and Career Development, who is committed to contributing to every student's preparation for life after college in competitive professional environments. We want our Demon Deacon student-athletes to be successful academically, athletically and professionally.
We encourage student-athletes to start developing their career path as early as freshmen year, and build upon it throughout their time at Wake Forest. Student-Athlete Development offers a series of classes set up specifically for each class (Fr., So., Jr. Sr.), and curriculum to meet their needs during those years. Student-Athlete Development and the OPCD help students to articulate how the content and skills learned in the classroom and extracurricular activities (aka, their sports) may apply to their chosen post-Wake Forest life. Additionally, some of the innate skills that student-athletes have (time management, coachability, confidence, competitiveness, etc.) are highly sought after by employers. We do our best to connect potential employers with our student-athletes through various events throughout the academic year.
Career and Professional Development Curriculum - Offered by SA Development:
Freshmen Class - 4 classes each fall semester to help "transition" students from high school to college life and athletics.
Sophomore & Junior Class - 1 class each semester to keep student-athletes on task while deciding and beginning their majors. This class emphasizes internship/work experience, etiquette and building their resumes while making smart, responsible choices.
Senior Class - 1 class each semester to work on financial literacy and self-marketing skills to secure a job or gain admission to graduate school.
*S.O.A.R. Model - SA Development is committed to its partnership with the OPCD and implements their S.O.A.R. model (Strengths, Opportunities, Action, Results) into all professional development classes.
Other Ongoing Career Services Within Athletics:
Career Development and Networking Night - One of our largest events of the year! Student-Athletes are invited for a night of career and professional development. All are required to dress professionally and bring their resume. Employers are onsite to do "speed networking" and offer professional advice and opportunities to our student-athletes. Career Night was attended by 80% of our student-athletes in 2015.
Career Lunch `N Learn Series - SA Development hosts one sponsored event each month from September to April, focused on career and professional development. Between the hours of 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., we will open the doors for an informal two hours of networking. Student-athletes are encouraged to "come as they are," keeping in mind their busy schedules. A variety of opportunities will be offered throughout the year, such as, employers onsite to educate student-athletes on careers within their fields, offer jobs or internships; resume and LinkedIn profile workshops; careers in athletics panel, and more!
Personal Career Planning Appointments
One-on-One appointments are offered weekly in the building of Student-Athlete Services, with a career counselor from the OPCD. Each student-athlete has the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute to 1-hour discussion with a professional career counselor. They can utilize this time to discuss majors/minors, build their resume, or talk through internship possibilities and career options.
Student-Athletes - Email Kristin Weisse to schedule a career planning appointment.
Find out more about the Office of Personal and Career Development