Do what you love, love what you do

To work with others, it’s important to first know why you work and observe how you go about working. Occupational wellness is focused on finding a balance between your work time and leisure time, making career and professional choices that build an individual sense of fulfillment, and allowing you to contribute to the greater good in your own way.

If you’re noticing any of the following, now might be the right time to begin improving your occupational wellness:

  • Lack of focus
  • Lack of motivation
  • Constantly overworking or underworking
  • Fatigue or exhaustion from work
  • Reduced work efficiency and productivity
  • Tendency to make excuses
  • Less satisfaction with your current position or career field

Things to consider

Indiana University Bloomington offers many opportunities to connect with people with similar career interests. The students, faculty, and staff that you engage with in class or around campus can be great resources for finding new career prospects, so it’s important to keep in touch with them. 

The Career Development Center and the Walter Center for Career Achievement have career communities and job portals to help you get connected to other students, faculty, staff, and alumni in your career field(s) of interest.

It is not uncommon for challenges to arise within one’s occupational journey, and twists and turns are to be expected.  Focusing on the positive can be helpful as well as seeing what you can learn from the difficult aspects of a career. Evaluate what you like to do, where you would like to do, during what hours. Think about these questions as you’re setting goals and thinking about the next step in your career:

  • Do you prefer having a fixed schedule or something more flexible?
  • Do I like this company's work culture?
  • Will this job help me fulfill my long-term career goals?
  • Will the salary for this job support my lifestyle?
  • What incentives are available to me (e.g. 401(k), scholarship assistance, paid certifications, upward mobility, etc.)?
  • Will I be doing what I am interested in?
  • Is this job challenging or motivating enough for my needs as an employee?

What do you value? What are your interests? What types of jobs are best suited to your strengths? The Career Development Center and the Walter Center for Career Achievement can help you explore these ideas through assessments, career coaching, interview and resume assistance, and so much more.

Your Occupational Wellness to-do lists

Check out these ideas provided by the Student Health Center's Peer Health and Wellness Educators on what you can do to improve your occupational wellness and build resilience.

This week:

  • Interview someone in your field of interest
  • Find a recruitment event to attend
  • Have people edit your cover letter and resume
  • Create a template resume and cover letter
  • Set-up a LinkedIn account

This month: