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Academic wellness is about expanding your knowledge and creating networks to support lifelong learning. It means managing academic workloads and preparation for the future, using resources to make decisions, challenging yourself to new academic experiences,
and meeting academic goals in a healthy way. Career wellness is closely connected to academic wellness, which focuses on self-development and self-discovery in relation to an individual’s career goals. It is an ongoing process involving seeking out new
experiences, reflecting on personal values and goals and ultimately making decisions towards your own career development. Career wellness promotes seeking out a career path that is personally meaningful and rewarding for you, one that is carefully selected
based on personal values, interests and beliefs.

Signs of Healthy Academic and Career Wellness

Academic:

  • Recognizing your strengths and areas of growth
  • Setting academic goals
  • Seeking help when needed
  • Maintaining a school/ life balance
  • Maintaining positive study habits and time management skills
  • Consistent and frequent class attendance
  • Positive engagement in courses
  • Academic wellness is not always reflected with strong grades, as this looks different for every student.

Career:

  • Asking questions and seeking out resources
  • Seeking out opportunities to build experience
  • Trying new things to determine interests and dislikes
  • Pursuing work that you find motivating and interesting
  • Finding a balance between work and leisure
  • Feeling inspired and challenged by your work

Signs you may want to enhance your Academic and/or Career Wellness:

Academic:

  • Poor class attendance
  • Procrastination in completion of course work such as assignments, essays, etc.
  • Academically at-risk or difficulty with majority of courses

Career:

  • Letting others impact your decision making process
  • Feeling overwhelmed with making a decision
  • Comparing your “progress” to others
  • Settling for a job/career you find unfulfilling
  • Over working yourself and lacking work-life balance

Strategies to enhance your Academic and Career Wellness:

Academic:

  • Meet with an academic advisor to discuss course concerns and course planning.
  • Ask questions! Meet with your professor during office hours to review course content that you did not quite understand in lecture. Review your assignments and/or exams with them to improve for next time.
  • Start academic work early. Give yourself the time needed to make adjustments and improvements to your work. Cramming for exams does not equal success.
  • Time management is key to academic wellness. Utilize and implement proven time management strategies.
  • Get to know you. What kind of student are you?  What strategies work for you? What do you need assistance with?  What could you improve? Use strategies that are effective for you.
  • Set academic goals that are realistic yet encourage you to reach your fullest potential.
  • Engage in opportunities to support your academic goals like going to the writing centre at Brescia or learning a new language for fun.
  • It is important to maintain all seven dimensions of wellness as all other areas of wellness impact and effect academic wellness.
  • Ensure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy and creating balance in your life. This will help promote academic wellness.

Career:

  • Start early – it’s never too early to start thinking about what type of career you want to pursue after university.
  • Begin with creating an updated resume and start building your experiences to include those at the university level- visit the Student Life Centre for Resume and Cover letter Drop in hours.
  • Gain a variety of experiences – Whether it is through volunteering or a part-time job by pursuing a variety of different experiences you will be able to start narrowing down what your interests are what type of work you want to be doing (or
    not doing) and help you make connections that will help you when you enter the workforce.
  • Embrace the non-linear path of career development – Today undergraduate degrees tend to be the minimum requirement for many jobs instead of just one. This can often be stressful for students who want to know what job they can get with their
    degree. Reframing your thinking to appreciate the fact that there are many options out there instead of being stressed that you do not know which one to pick can be an important first step.
  • Try not to compare your path to others – when you are in an environment surrounded by ambitious and hardworking individuals it is often tempting to compare yourself to others. Some people know what they want early on and seem to have it “all
    figured out” while others are very unsure of where they are headed. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, you are doing just fine.

Benefits/Facts of Academic and Career Wellness:

Academic:

  • Positive academic experience and general satisfaction in all courses
  • Positive impact to the other dimensions of wellness
  • Positive school/life balance

Career:

  • Pursuing a career path that you find personally and professionally satisfying contributes significantly to your overall wellbeing.
  • Typically, work takes up a large percentage of our time during week and it is important to consider how your career will influence your lifestyle and make choices to reflect your own individual values, interests, and needs.
  • Careers and Career Journeys have changed.
  • Career Paths are no longer linear.
  • Jobs that exist today may not have existed 10 or 20 years ago; and jobs that exist now, may not exist in 10 or 20 years.
  • Needs, demands, and trends are always changing (visit Labour Market Information (LMI) through the Government of Canada.
  • Contract to contract work, especially for new professionals is common.
  • It is okay not have a plan for the rest of your career journey.
  • Our careers change and adapt based on our experiences, our interests, skills, values and personal style.
  • As new opportunities and experience arise, we may find ourselves taking unexpected turns and twists in our career journey for the positive, and many times it is opportunities we did not even know existed.

Resources

On and Off Campus
On and Off Campus:

Academic:

Learning Skills Services at Western
Services for Students with Disabilities at Western
• Faculty Members
• Professors
• Brescia Library
Brescia Writing Centre– book an appointment or drop in available
• Academic Advisors- book an appointment in the HIVE

Career:

Student Life Centre online resources
Student Life Centre Blog
• Career Peer Resume and Cover Letter Drop In Hours (Fall & Winter)
Western Student Success Centre (Workshops, Online Resources, Job Postings etc.)
• Career Appointments with SLC Staff Member- book appointments in the HIVE

Online Resources
Online Resources

Learning skills website
Brescia academic advising website
Student Life Centre Resource Tab
Western Student Success Centre Resource Tab
Quintessential (latest career tools, job search tips, self assessments, sample resume and cover letters, etc.)
Career Cruising
International Students and Wellness
The Assignment Calculator (need help planning how you will complete an assignment by the deadline?):

Mobile Apps
Mobile Apps:

• Lumosity- Brain Training
• Talettoday- Personality test for your career

 

Recommend a resource, tool, tip or app that has helped you with the seven dimensions of wellness by emailing the Student Life Centre

References:
http://www.uvic.ca/services/health/healthy/wellnesswheel/academic/index.php
https://meds.queensu.ca/education/undergraduate/student_affairs_/academic_wellness
http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/resources/guide/academic-career/academic
http://wellnessnetworkedmonton.com/wellness-dimensions/career-academic/
http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/resources/guide/academic-career
https://healthysteps4u.org/test/occupational-wellness/
https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/occupational
https://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/occupational-wellness