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Riding the Rollercoaster: A Guide on How to Keep it Together…

…FromIUSPH Blog pic Someone Who is Trying to Keep it Together

I’ll preface by saying, I’m not expert on this matter.  I am right there with each and every one of you.  Making huge decisions about my future… doing a lot of waiting… waiting to hear back about the job, internship, etc… There are a lot of ups and downs during this time, a lot of stressors, and a lot of nerves.  But, as someone who is going to be a graduate of the School of Public HEALTH (emphasis intended) in May, I can tell you that the wholeness of your health is extremely important during the job search process.  A key component of that is your emotional and mental health.

So, let us all take a collective breath and enjoy this guide to keeping it together that I’ve assembled.

Don’t let it Consume You

Yes, you have to find a job.  Yes, this is a big part of your future.  But don’t let everything else fall to pieces. You are a student, a son or daughter and a friend among many other things.  Take the time you need for your applications, but set time aside for your other responsibilities and commitments.  In terms of school work, you have probably worked hard for the last few semesters.  It is important to find a good balance between academics and future planning.

 Ask for Help When you Need It

Whatever it is – whether it is help with a resume (you’ve got career services for that), or help with getting something in the mail on time – ask for help!  The “human resources” in our daily life can often go underused when we are under stress.  Reach out to whoever is around you: friends, family, professors, and classmates.  You don’t have to do the job search alone.  As a student you are entitled to help from Career Services.  As a friend, classmate, son, daughter, brother, sister and so on, you can receive help from those who care about you!

1463697_10151649187940771_1255952014_n (1)Put Everything in Perspective

If the first response is no, that doesn’t mean that all the rest will be no too.  If you don’t have a job locked in by graduation it doesn’t mean you won’t ever have a job.  Finding a job means planning for the long-term.  Rejection or setbacks can often cause us to narrow our focus on the negative things.  But one rejection or setback is not a finality.  You will have a job!

Eat Well, Sleep Well, Exercise Well

As a future dietitian, I want to put an extra emphasis on this suggestion.  Treat your body well during this stressful time.  Make sure you are eating and engaging in physical activity regularly.  Stress suppresses your immune system, so it is important to take care of your body.  The job search poses challenges as it is, you don’t want to be under the weather as you are putting in all that hard work.

Keep Doing Things That You Love

Take a break.  I guarantee you deserve it!  Watch a show on Netflix.  Bake cookies.  Go for a run.  Read a book.  Whatever it is that you enjoy – don’t eliminate it!  Taking a break will refresh you and reenergize you for the search!


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“Sarah Purpura is a senior studying Dietetics.  She hails from Wauwatosa, WI.  Sarah has enjoyed her years at IU studying dietetics and getting to know people throughout the Bloomington community.  After she graduates, she hopes to complete her dietetic internship somewhere in the Midwest and go on to become a nutrition educator in a school or community setting.”


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IUSPH Career Services

Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

•career counseling
•job placement
•volunteer opportunities
•resume and cover letter preparation
•interview skills
•graduate school preparation

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