At Wake Forest University, you don’t even have to step into the career services office to benefit from its resources—career education is integrated into some of the classes. Part of a $10 million campaign to better prepare its liberal arts students for life after college, Wake Forest asked professors in traditional academic areas like history to be creative about adding real-world applications to their courses. Some responded by tweaking their lesson plans to explicitly include skills companies look for in employees, like communication and collaboration, so students can draw on their classroom experience in job interviews. Wake Forest also introduced “College-To-Career” courses which allow students to earn credit for career planning and job searching.
Heidi Robinson and Brian Calhoun, both from the Department of Counseling, teach this popular series of courses. The College-To-Career series of courses, offered by the Department of Counseling (CNS), is designed to provide Wake Forest students a unique opportunity in higher education. Students receive course credit to explore personal attributes that influence future academic and professional decisions and to consider the factors that create a meaningful, fulfilling life after Wake Forest.
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