by Robert Brooks, Career Services Coordinator at MUIH
Take a moment to reflect on the current state of your health. What are some of the things that came to mind? Perhaps you thought about the ailments you have, aches and pains, your medications and supplements, or whether you got a good night’s sleep last night. Did you think about your career health? Probably not, but career health is a very important aspect of health and wellness because we spend so much time at work. If you aren’t working in a suitable career, it can have a detrimental effect on other aspects of your health and your overall well-being.
How do you know if you’re in a suitable career? Ideally your career choice should match your:
- Interests – so that you are involved with things of intrinsic interest to you
- Skills – so that you can perform the work effectively
- Personality – so that you feel like you can be yourself at work
- Values – so that you can contribute to society in a way that is meaningful to you
I’d like to highlight how important values are, especially at MUIH. Our collective goal as a university is to change the way healthcare is provided and to have a positive effect on as many lives as possible. Our students share these goals, as evident in the fact that many of them are leaving other professional careers to pursue their passion for integrative health. For some, this passion was ignited by their own brush with the healthcare system or by caring for others who had a health crisis. Others are spurred by their desire to be change agents and felt their potential to create meaningful change was limited in their former jobs. Whatever the individual motivations, our students have a common goal – to make a difference!
I hope that you will reflect on your own values, and whether your career is aligned with them. If you’d like to conduct a quick and free assessment of your career wellness, click the link below.