Boundaries between work life and personal life can often be blurred by the use of technology. On one hand, technology allows for increased flexibility in completing work tasks. On the other hand, that same ease of connection can make it difficult to create healthy separation. Beyond technology, the many competing demands on our time can make it easy to feel as though we are simply going through the motions and not living with purpose.
As Millikin alumni, you are well aware of the importance of professional success and creating personal lives of meaning and value. These tenets of Millikin’s mission certainly remain relevant as well as challenging. Consider these tips to help you find harmony between both ideals (while keeping in mind the need to allow time for engaging in democratic citizenship in a global environment).
Take time to evaluate where you are professionally and personally and where you want to go. Being in touch with your values, interests, dreams, and goals will help you to maintain perspective and plan for the future.
Stay connected to friends and family and continue to build and maintain your professional network. A phone call, coffee break with a colleague or even a friendly email can help relieve stress, add joy to your life and may even lead to a professional opportunity.
Consider your personal brand. Look for opportunities that allow you to share your strengths and develop new skills. Consider the talents that you may not be able to contribute daily in your work life. Take the leap and pursue your passions, whether it’s a new band, new book club, new hobby or something else. When others see in you the positive qualities you recognize within yourself, at work and at play, you will be living your brand and leaving your legacy.
Every day brings its challenges, but keep that Big Blue Can Do attitude and a life of meaning and value and professional success will be within your reach!
Mark your calendar for this campus event: An Early Recruitment Career Fair will be held Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Richards Treat University Center. Consider attending as a job seeker or as an employer. Contact the Career Center for more information!
By Kristin Nisbet-White, assistant director of the Millikin Career Center