Personal Wellness in Your Professional Life

by Sharon Fleshman

In job descriptions, you will often find communication, organization and analytical skills listed as important competencies. Will you see “personal wellness” in that description? Probably not, but that doesn’t make it any less important.  In fact, personal wellness is necessary for you to use those other critical skills effectively.  A helpful overview of personal wellness can be found on our recent podcast on Career Wellness and in our Penn7 Career Competencies summary sheet.

Below you will find three foundational strategies for personal wellness in your career along with several articles or resources that can help you implement those strategies.

Self-Assessment: assessing your interests, skills/strengths, and values, and identifying careers that align with them.
CAPS and Career Services Career Wellness Workshops
Self-Assessment Resources on the Career Services website

Self-Care: being proactive about establishing rhythms for renewal and cultivating a support system.
Breathe: The Importance of Self-Care
Pressing the Pause Button
Being Mindful at Work
Penn Wellness

Resilience: recovering and growing from setbacks and challenges.
Job Search Self-Talk: Asking Yourself Better Questions
Reaching Success…One Failure at a Time


Author: Sharon

Sharon Fleshman is the Senior Associate Director of Career Services for students in Education, Nursing and Social Policy & Practice.