Help Me Grow
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.
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. Click here to learn more.
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.
Why build a personal brand?
Building a recognizable brand opens professional opportunities.
Personal branding is the process of developing a “mark” that is created around your name or your career. What image do you wish to project? Personal brand includes: telling your story (pitch), your appearance, online presence, business cards, resume, your attitude.
Here's how you can develop your personal brand:
What do you want to be known for?
Learn about your values, interests, personality and skills. Own your space. Once you’ve identified your uniqueness and strengths, perfect them. Learn as much as you can and become the expert in that area. Never stop learning. Be yourself and find your own style.
How do others see you?
Discover if your self-assessment is the same or different from how other people view you. Do you have blind spots surrounding your behavior that others can see, but you can’t? You’ll want to make sure your assessment is consistent with others.
What skills or specific knowledge do they seek?
What career are you seeking to go into? Click here to gather more specific career and company insight. What are the top 3 transferrable and/or specific skills they are seeking?
Behavior, dress, writing and body language should be in agreement.
Use social media platforms and join professional groups.
Tell Your Story
Prepare answers for questions about:
- Type of work you want to do
- Knowledge, strengths, interests, values
- Target industries and companies
- Related accomplishments
Think about how your story will be different with:
- People who know you well
- People who know you somewhat
- People who don’t know you at all
Networking is the process of meeting people, having conversations, exchanging information, and nurturing relationships.
Who's in your network?
Brainstorm using a technique called mind mapping.
Think about the people you know within these communities and then continue to expand upon this list. If you find that you don't have a lot on this listm then start arranging meetings with the few people you have on this list and start engaging the few contacts by asking questions and listening for more contacts.
Challenge yourself to reach out to 3 people in your network, methodically, and reconnect with them. However, before you reach out think about your approach and what messages you’d like to send. What’s your core message?
Who’s in your current network…?
Click here to learn more about networking and discover the art of informational interviewing.
Why do you need LinkedIn?
Seven smart habits of successful job seekers. LinkedIn studied job seekers who successfully found a job within three months.
- 91% listed 5 or more skills
- 91% used LinkedIn Company Pages
- 89% had a profile photo
- 87% added 10 or more connections
- 82% participated in LinkedIn Groups
- 81% had 10 or more endorsements
- 81% were engaged with content on LinkedIn
A business card not only helps you get noticed, but it also gives your network contact information and a professional perception of you.
It is important to brand yourself—meaning to show how valuable you are as an individual, but also what goods and services you can offer. Having a business card is a great way to show potential employers what you’re interested in and what you have to offer. However, it isn’t just about giving out your business card; it’s about the cards you receive in return. You’re expanding your business network and increasing your chances of succeeding in the professional realm.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.