Occupational Wellness

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What is Occupational wellness?

Because what we do for a living encompasses so much of our time, it’s important for our overall well-being that we enjoy our work and we are able to do this work in a safe and supportive work environment. Occupational wellness includes managing stress, building positive relationships with co-workers, maintaining a safe workspace, and exploring different career options and training opportunities. Occupational wellness focuses on doing this without sacrificing the other dimensions of wellness. Finding occupational wellness can be difficult as graduate students as we do not have clearly defined hours and experiences can vary wildly across labs and thesis advisors.

There are, however, a number of professional development and networking resources available through the University and the graduate school which are available and accessible below.


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Professional Development Programs & Workshops

Professional development is earning new credentials such as technical skills and  academic degrees. This can be achieved through different community groups, conferences, formal coursework, as well as  informal learning environments.

Graduate School Office of Professional Development 

The Graduate School Office of Professional Development (GSOPD) provides a wide range of programs, workshops, and other resources to support for planning and preparation for a variety of career options. Examples include software learning workshops, developing your Linked In profile or personal brand, and transforming your CV into a resume. Check out their calendar to see what is coming up next.

WARF Ambassador Program

Ambassadors are graduate students and postdocs from scientific or technical disciplines and are interested in the technology transfer process. Ambassadors spend up to 10 hours per month engaging in outreach activities that enhance WARF’s engagement with campus researchers through departmental seminars, informal contacts and more.

Delta Teaching Program

The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning advances the training and development of future faculty in STEM fields. Participants will learn effective teaching practices for diverse student groups as part of this program.

Teaching Fellows in Neuroscience 

This program targets NTP graduate students who aim to obtain training in teaching while maintaining the traditional research-oriented training leading to a Ph.D. in neuroscience. This program is designed for students who are interested in getting faculty positions where teaching is a requirement of the job.

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