ACM Well Being - Career

The career dimension recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in life through work. It is the ability to obtain personal fulfillment from jobs or chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in life. Occupational development is related to attitudes about work. The desire to contribute to a career to make a positive impact on the organizations which one works in and to society as a whole can lead to career wellness. It is essential to contribute the unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is both personally meaningful and rewarding in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in life. Achieving optimal career wellness allows one to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction and pleasure in employment.

SHORT VERSION:  Career Wellness is the process of making and maintaining choices related to work which include choosing a job for which we are well-suited, well-trained, and from which we gain satisfaction.  It also includes staying current in one’s chosen field, helping to create a healthy organizational environment which contributes to your own and others’ well-being.  Career wellness also requires balancing work with the rest of your life.

Tips and suggestions for optimal occupational wellness include:

1. Explore a variety of career options.

2. Create a vision for your future.

3. Choose a career that suits your personality, interests and talents.

4. Be open to change and learn new skills.

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