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Career Advising and Resources

Career Advising Events

Fall 2015 Schedule

Wed. Nov. 4, 2015— Dr. Elaheh Rahbar & Kelli Sims
12:00 pm in Olin Lounge 106.

Dr. Elaheh Rahbar is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at WFU School of Medicine, and Kelli Sims is a recent Graduate from the WFU Physics Department who is now in the Biomedical Engineering Program at WFUSM. Both will be here to talk about the program at WFUSM and, more generally, about graduate opportunities in Biomedical Engineering. Free Pizza will be served.

Mon. Oct. 26, 2015— Jason Bates & Andrew Barelli
3:00 pm in Olin Lounge 106.

Dr. Jason Bates recently completed his PhD in Physics at WFU and now does work in Finance for General Electric Corp. Mr. Andrew Barelli will graduate this December with a BA in Physics and will begin working for Bloomberg. Both will talk about their experience with careers in Finance for physicists.

Wed. Oct. 14, 2015— Brian Mendenhall
5:00 pm in Salem Hall 10.

Mr. Mendenhall is with the WFU Office of Personal & Career Development where he specializes in career education and coaching for the sciences and is their liaison to the Premed and Prehealth programs. He will give an overview of the grad school application process; and discuss other topics such as postbac internships, research fellowships, masters programs, and jobs available to BS science grads.

Mon. Sept. 21, 2015— CareerTrek Info Session

Wake Forest's Office of Career and Professional Development has planned trips that allow students to meet with industry professionals, that encourages students to expand their networks, and to increase student awareness of career possibilities around the country. A trip for students interested in the technology sector is being planned for January 2016. An info session is being held on Monday Sept. 21 and applications are due by October 9th - see this career center website for more details:

Career Resources

WFU Career Services

Why Study Physics?

Another great resource for information on careers in physics, how well physics majors do on MCAT exams, what starting salaries physics bachelors degree graduates are offered, etc. can be found on the following informative website maintained by the American Physical Society (the main professional society of physicists in the United States):

American Physical Society Career Center

American Institute of Physics Career Center

Alternative Career Paths

The Wake Forest Schools of Business seeks applications for the Master of Arts in Management (MA) program specifically designed to give liberal arts, science and engineering majors the business skills needed to compete in a very competitive job market. The curriculum of this 10-month graduate business degree, which includes real-world consulting engagements with corporations and non-profits, is the perfect complement to an outstanding Wake Forest undergraduate education.

Even in a weak economy, six months after graduation 86% of the Class of 2010 MA graduates achieved careers in finance, marketing, general management and consulting at companies such as Frito-Lay, Bank of America, Wipro, Reynolds American Inc, Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Aon Hewitt, Accenture, ESPN, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Way, Primo Water, Lowe's Food and Deloitte, to name a few.

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Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507
Phone: (336) 758-5337, FAX: (336) 758-6142