Career exploration and development can feel challenging in the best of times.
In unprecendented or stressful times, like the one we find ourselves in now, it can feel downright impossible. Throughout these moments, taking care of yourself and maintaining your well-being is even more essential.
To support you in all aspects of your career journey, our career counselors have compiled a list of our top 4 tips for promoting your career well-being as your navigate what the world of work looks like in the time of COVID-19.
Tip #1: Reflect on What’s Most Important to You Right Now.
This summer may not look exactly like you imagined, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get something valuable out of it.
- What am I grateful for right now?
- Reflecting on the things I’m grateful for, what do they tell me about my values and current priorities?
- What feels more important to me right now? What feels less important to me right now?
- In what ways might I center my values and priorities as I plan my summer?
Tip #2: Give Yourself Some Leeway.
This is a time when it can be difficult to maintain what we may have thought of as our baseline levels of productivity or motivation—and that’s normal.
- How can I be kind to myself about my own expectations of myself for this summer?
- What’s outside of my control, and what do I have control over?
Tip #3: Consider How You Can Help Others.
Research has shown that helping others can have many positive effects on our well-being, from creating feelings of social connectedness and purpose to boosting our happiness and helping us regulate our negative emotions.
- What are the ways others have helped me in the past in which I might be able to help others now?
- What needs are there in my communities? Where might I contribute my strengths or skills to help meet those needs?
- How can I be thoughtful about how I help so that I avoid burnout (see these 7 tips from HBR)?
Tip #4: Give yourself some time to figure out how virtual work works best for you.
As you’ve probably found since the shift to remote classes this semester, your work schedule and patterns may look a little different in a virtual environment—and that’s okay.
- Based on my experience so far, what challenges do I anticipate with working from home? What’s outside my control? What’s within my control?
- What do I need to be able to focus on my work? Which of my best practices from school might I adapt to a remote work environment?
- If my summer will involve collaboration or supervision, whether with an employer, a faculty member, an alumnus, or a peer, how might we set expectations about availability and off-time to facilitate communication and boundary-setting?
- What opportunities might working from home offer for me?
As you get started, you can reflect on a daily or weekly basis about what in your current work practices are supporting your well-being, and where you might like to adjust.
You don’t have to make it on your own. Schedule a virtual appointment via phone or Zoom with one of our career counselors when you need that extra support.