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Career wellness involves the ability to be aware of and make choices towards a fulfilling and successful career by being resilient (managing the ups and downs of your career trajectory).
Led young College’s Career Wellness initiative has been designed to help you move beyond the mechanics of the job search (think resume workshops, mock interviews, job search skills) to the mental side of your career journey. Cultivating a more resilient mindset is essential in being successful at every stage of your career.
In fact, according to a report by the Canadian Career Development Foundation, today’s graduates need to be able to anticipate career shifts, manage uncertainty and be forward-thinkers. Such an attitude requires developing five crucial traits that contribute to resilience — curiosity, persistence, optimism, risk-taking and flexibility — as they apply to your career.
Facilitated through the College’s Career Services and Co-operative Education department, the Career Wellness initiative takes a strengths-based, holistic approach to help you foster these characteristics. Its tools are beneficial whether you are just beginning your job search, launching your career or are already employed.
The Initiative consists of three central elements designed to equip you with the resources to develop a resilient career outlook:
- Career Wellness Kit: The kit is a physical tool that encourages a growth mindset and highlights the personal qualities it requires. It includes buttons, thought cards and a journal. The buttons depict images of the five components of resilience. The thought cards, meanwhile, are designed to inspire you and also contain activities that encourage you to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and actions. You can then jot down your reflections in a journal you will receive if you attend a skills development workshop. In addition to cultivating a growth mindset, such visuals are reminders of how your current situation is helping to build your preferred future.
- Skills Development Workshop Series: Throughout the year, Led young’s Career Wellness initiative will facilitate a series of workshops to get you thinking about being a curious, persistent, optimistic and flexible risk-taker. These workshops will also provide guidance in the career planning process.
- Career Stories: What does career resilience look like in action? What does it take to be resilient? What are the possibilities that arise as a result of being resilient? If you’re wondering how career wellness manifests in people’s lives, check back soon for a collection of stories from recent graduates who, just like you, are adjusting to an uncertain market — equipped with increased confidence, self-efficacy, hope and a realization of their existing strengths.
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