Dimensions of Wellness: Occupational

Occupational wellness entails seeking personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work. Work is defined as paid or unpaid work as well as one’s academic endeavors. Occupational wellness involves contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding. Being occupationally well allows you to find personal self-fulfillment and to make a contribution to the wellbeing of the community at large. Research indicates that having a satisfying work life positively impacts physical and emotional health.

Practices that enhance occupational wellness include:

  • Developing functional, transferable skills
  • Choosing a career that is consistent with your personal values interests and beliefs
  • Learning to accurately assess your strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring your talents and interests
  • Maintaining a healthy work-life balance
  • Seeking professional development opportunities
  • Participating in an internship

Campus resources for attaining and enhancing occupational wellness:
Career Center
Career Fairs
Career Services Network
Employee Development and Learning
Faculty/Staff Assistance Services
Human Resources
Internships
Mentoring Programs
Nessie
Office of Minority Student Affairs
UI Extension Interview Guide