What is Career Wellness?
Career wellness is a sense of living and working in alignment with your unique combination of gifts, abilities, passion, education, and life experiences that make you who you are. It is being fully yourself, and making money as you do it! Career wellness is receiving fulfillment from one’s work by performing with integrity and enthusiasm and fully engaging in your role. Work-life balance is key to career wellness.
Here are some activities that you can try to help you on your path to a fulfilling career:
Attend a networking event or presentation. Find an event held by a local professional organization (e.g. Chamber of Commerce). These events can help you to build connections and spark new ideas.
Attend a Career Fair. Your college may hold career fairs a few times a year to help graduating students find careers with relevant employers. You may also be able to find career fairs in your community and/or for your specific field of interest.
Update your résumé and cover letter. The Resume and Cover Letter module has tips to help you write your own. If your college offers employment support, they can review your resume and cover letter to help you improve these documents.
Explore your interests. Schedule time for your hobbies or take up a new hobby or activity.
Reach out to someone in your chosen field of study. Schedule time to talk to them about their job. Ask them what they like and dislike, how they obtained their current and previous roles, what their goals are, and get a general impression of the job market
Write down a five-year plan to pursue your career goals. For strategies to help you set helpful goals, check out the Setting Goals submodule in the Study Skills Hub.
Make a bucket list. Figure out what you really want to make sure you do in your life.
Develop transferable and soft skills through experience. Participate in a Co-Curricular activity, volunteer experience, or another experiential learning opportunity.
Get a part-time job or work-integrated learning opportunity. You can gain valuable experience and references from a part-time job while in school, or a work-integrated learning opportunity like an internship, co-op, or field placement.
Intro to Career Wellness
Video by The Learning Portal Ontario, 2021
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