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Career Success Tools:
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Developing habits for future success
The journey to a fulfilling career involves many factors. Many people struggle to understand all factors involved in finding the right career fit and become distracted by the re-routes and detours that often present itself along the way.

This Career Toolbox provides you with tools and strategies to help you navigate, thrive, and ultimately achieve career success. Each topic is designed to explain its importance to your career development (See it.), provide more in-depth information (Learn it.), offer questions to reflect on and further apply in your life (Do it.), and suggest additional resources to enhance learning.

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Work & Life Balance

  Managing professional growth and work-life balance can be challenging when you're not sure where to start. Since every person is different, it’s hard to decipher what exactly contributes to career happiness and success, but based on years of research we know proven ways to help promote opportunities for growth and maintain better work-life balance.  Use these career wellness tools to develop a plan of action.


Happiness is something that is often sought after, but is notoriously difficult to capture. Sometimes, focusing too intensely on finding happiness leaves us feeling unfulfilled. The PERMA Model was developed by respected positive psychologist Martin Seligman and widely published in his 2011 book, Flourish.

"PERMA" stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to
experience lasting well-being. These are: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This survey adds to Seligman’s model an H, for Health. This model gives us the tools to better understand what we need to do to flourish, at work and in life. Click here to take the survey and get your report.

VIA Character Strengths Survey

Understanding who we are is essential to finding the right career fit and living a more purposeful life. A lot of attention has been given to better understanding our character and strengths as they relate to living a more meaningful, successful, and happy life. It's often hard to articulate our strengths if we don't have the language to pull from; there are several frameworks that set out to help us better understand, practice and cultivate our character strengths.


Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence refers to an ability to recognize the meanings of emotion and their relationships, and to reason and problem-solve on the basis of them. Emotional intelligence is involved in the capacity to perceive emotions, assimilate emotion-related feelings, understand the information of those emotions, and manage them. Click here and here to take the EI inventories.

To manage your job/internship process and to be successful in your career, you need technical skills, but you also need people skills. When it comes to happiness and success in life, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters just as much as intellectual ability (IQ). Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at work, and achieve your career and personal goals. Increasingly, companies are looking for talented people who can work WITH others, build relationships with team members and customers, and lead themselves.

Money Matters
Are you stressed out over your financial obligations? Are worried about your student loan repayment? 
Managing your personal finances is not always easy, but knowing what you’re doing helps.  Check out Money Smart Seawolves. It contains a wealth of information on a wide-range of financial literacy topics. Learn more tips and tricks about money management.




Life Long Learning

It's essential to create and maintain a positive attitude to learning both for personal and professional development. Introducing new knowledge and learning new things can help can people get "unstuck."  For example, learning can b oost confidence and self-esteem, makes us less risk averse and more adaptable to change when it happens, helps us achieve a more satisfying personal life, challenges our ideas and beliefs, and can be fun.

School of Professional Development

 Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development (SPD) offers 26 graduate degree and certificate programs and an array of new, innovative micro-credentials in a variety of face-to- face and online formats. As a benefit to alumni, SPD will waive the graduate student application fee. In addition, alumni can receive a 10% discount on any Career Development (non-credit) offerings.

The Princeton Review Advantage

 The Stony Brook Alumni Association has partnered with The Princeton Review to offer SBU alumni and students the benefit of 10%* off in-person and LiveOnline MCAT, LSAT, GRE and GMAT Ultimate courses. Receive an automatic 10% off when you enroll through our co-branded website or mention promo code STONYBROOK to receive 10% off when you call. The Princeton Review has unmatched expertise in test preparation and college admissions. They offer convenient schedules, dates and locations year-round, with the option of in-person or LiveOnline courses.

HSC Continuing Education

Take advantage of continuing education courses at Stony Brook through the  School of Medicine School of Nursing  and  School of Social Welfare .


  A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors and teaching assistants (TAs).

Class for Seniors

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University is open to all retired and semi-retired individuals who are interested in expanding their intellectual horizons in a university setting. Avenues for participation include peer-taught workshops, lectures, special events, committees, and social activities.








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