Preparing Students for Success after Graduation

Most of us need a job, and Wake Forest will help you achieve that—but also much more: We’ll help you find a context in which you may do your best work.

Wake Forest University’s Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) equips students with the tools and confidence to navigate the often daunting path from college to career. And our unique approach yields results.

For nine consecutive years, at least 97% of students in each graduating class were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Additionally, we’re one of very few top national universities to offer five college-to-career courses for credit. 

Early and intentional engagement: that’s the philosophy of the OPCD—and Wake Forest as a whole. Get ready to be inspired, challenged, and prepared for your future by engaging with the OPCD team from Day One.

A different kind of approach

Because of the OPCD’s holistic approach to career education, innovative and engaging programming, personal career guidance, and responsive alumni and parent network, premier employers and graduate schools have high regard for Wake Forest students and our diversity and inclusion programming and resources. Employers represent a wide range of industry sectors and recruit Wake Forest students from all types of backgrounds and majors.

The OPCD-developed Ready7, a step-by-step process for students, which gives students a clear set of accomplishable actions and competencies to be prepared, confident and ready for career and life. Students engage with employers through hundreds of experiences, including industry-specific Career Treks, career fairs, “boot camps,” and diversity recruiting events.

Every Wake Forest student—from every major—has access to and utilizes our nationally recognized, industry-leading team. Our doors, and digital screens, are open and available throughout a student’s time at Wake Forest, and, after graduating, students will continue to be supported through their careers after college by the nationally acclaimed Alumni Personal and Career Development Center.

Where do Deacs go after graduation?

For nine consecutive years, over 97% of students in each graduating class were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. 98.2% of the Class of 2021 had successful outcomes, being employed or in graduate school at top employers and graduate schools around the world.

WFU Commencement

A few of our top employers

  • Corning
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Disney
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • IBM
  • Nike
  • Siemens

Visit the OPCD website to learn more about how we help students find their passions and turn them into lifelong vocations.