Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF ZOOM meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. (Please NOTE that advising appointments will be meeting virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.)

Our Current CTF Advisors

Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Facilitator and Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Raul Rojas
Raul Rojas
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus,  Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education has temporarily suspended most face-to-face classes.  CTF will be meeting virtually using ZOOM.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT to begin the registration process for the next event by clicking the registration button below.  You will be given a Wake Tech ID and a Wake Tech email. The registration process will be complete once we receive your HRD fee waiver form from your Wake Tech email.

If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Maureen Sanchez at [email protected].  You may contact Delia Burnett at [email protected] if you have questions concerning CTF or Human Resources Development (HRD). 

The CTF Facilitator is Deb Oronzio ([email protected]).

View other fee-waived classes available if you are furloughed, unemployed, underemployed or facing a pending lay-off.  We are now offering ONLINE classes!  Welcome!

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Schedule of Events  

Apr 8 | "Serve” Your Community and Your Job Search | Olivia Ecker

We’ve all heard the saying “job searching is a full-time job,” but in reality, none of us spend the normal 10-12 hours in a workday looking for a job. Don’t get me wrong – job searching takes a lot of time! It’s important to keep your resume updated, practice your elevator pitch, prepare customized cover letters, watch job boards for new job postings, and attend weekly CTF sessions…but if you want to further develop your personal and professional brand while job searching, add volunteering to your job search strategy. A simple act of serving your community during this time will serve your job search well by adding new skills/experience to your resume and expanding your network (just to name two!).  

Join this session to learn from an HR professional and avid volunteer with a panel of local professionals who have gained employment through volunteerism. These professionals can help you find volunteer opportunities at local non-profit organizations and whether your new to volunteering or are a long-time volunteer, you will learn how to incorporate your volunteer work into your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, elevator pitch, interview responses, and networking during this session.

Olivia Ecker is the Global Human Resources Business Partner at UPL, supporting strategic HR initiatives and employees in US, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has professional experience in the biopharmaceutical, financial services, and technology industries. Olivia is passionate about “Employee Experience” in full support of a “people first” HR Strategy. After relocating to North Carolina in 2018, she experienced her own career transition and dedicates her time outside of work to helping others who are experiencing career transitions of their own.

Apr 15 | Your Professional, Virtual Image |  Dr. Holly Sullenger

Those in transition have a new set of skills to hone due to our lovely pandemic – virtual skills. How do you come across as the professional to choose when interviewing for a position using a virtual platform? This interactive seminar will help job seekers prepare for any virtual environment and will give them the tools to successfully display the benefits they offer on any virtual platform.

customer support professional highly regarded for ability to exceed team metrics and customer expectations. Demonstrated success in bridging the gap between pre- and post-sales service delivery. Dynamic leader with excellent written and verbal communication skills proven by the ability to elevate team performance and manage individuals with diverse backgrounds. 

Apr 22 | Help, I’m Overqualified! |  Melissa Bardsley 

An in-depth look at why you may apply for jobs for which you are overqualified, and why this may concern a hiring manager. We will discuss ways to positively answer these questions, and to address any fears of the hiring manager so you can get yourself a job! 

A passionate and enthusiastic customer support professional highly regarded for ability to exceed team metrics and customer expectations. Demonstrated success in bridging the gap between pre- and post-sales service delivery. Dynamic leader with excellent written and verbal communication skills proven by the ability to elevate team performance and manage individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Apr 29 | TBD |  TBD

 

 

Location: 
(currently meeting via Zoom)

When in-person:  Trinity Baptist Church Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 

Join the CTF LinkedIn Group
This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market Yourself, Explore a New Career

The Human Resources Development (HRD) courses provide assistance to adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our professionals are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!

I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.

I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.

 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

 

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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