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Getting Involved with ProReps at Gonzaga

2019-2020 ProReps

 What is a ProRep?  

The ProReps are an extension of the Career and Professional Development office and consist of a group of students who offer career advice and help other students throughout the job recruitment process. They create safe environment for students to ask questions of their peers regarding career resources, and encourage students to connect with the Career and Professional Development office to enhance their professional skills. 

What else do the Pro Reps do?  

ProReps are here to help you! Inside their office hours (Monday-Friday 1-4pm), they can help with cover letters, resumes, and general career related questions you might have! Not only that, but they oversee running our monthly Career Labs here at CPD!  

What is a Career Lab?  

Career Lab is a monthly event hosted by CPD and the Pro Reps which offers career advice surrounding certain topic or fields of interest! Sounds interesting? Don’t miss out on our next one coming Feb 3rd, at 12pm. It’s all about how you can navigate and find a career in Climate Change featuring a full panel of other professionals as well! Register online at ZagsIgnite!  

What are the benefits of being a ProRep? Does the idea of being a spark your interest?  

There are so many benefits to joining a team like the Pro Reps here at CPD. Not only do you get to see how the workings of the recurrent process happens, but also get to guide fellow students on their own personal journeys. You will learn a multitude of skills, like leadership, which will not only help you become a better person but also makes you a stronger candidate in the work force.  Stay tuned this spring for applications to join to the 2021-2022 team!

How can you get connected with the ProReps 

It’s super easy! All you have to do is hop onto ZagsIgnite, and schedule an appointment during their office hours and they will be there to help you with any questions you may have! 
Don’t forget about the Career Lab coming Feb. 3rd from 12-1pm, talking all things Careers in Climate Change, you won’t want to miss it! Click here to sign up on ZagsIgnite.  

How To: Create a Work-Play Balance In 2021

As we move toward a new semester, it is important to take time and reflect on our past and see where we can improve. 

What many people aren’t making a priority is the concept of self-care and how important it is to stay healthy, especially in times like these.  

Hard work is going to push you closer to your goals, but it is important to take a step back, create balance in your life, so you can avoid getting burned out. 

Here are some of the best things you can do to stay focused, and keep a work-play balance:  

  1. Create A Routine 

Schedule yourself designated “work” hours and “downtime” hours. This will help you organize your time and encourage you to get more of your tasks done in a timely manner, and you are able to reward yourself with a well-deserved break.  

BONUS! Only do your work at a desk and don’t touch that desk until you “go back to work/school.” If your mind is always occupied with one more thing that needs to be done, you’ll never find that good balance between work and play. 

  1. Give yourself “Me Time” 

It’s easy to break plans with ourselves. But this backhandedly diminishes our own value in our minds. We make the decision that spending time on ourselves is not as important as time spent with other people or on work. It’s important to shift this idea. Plans you make with yourself are as important as plans you make with others. 

  1. Allow time to be social 

Even if you have to schedule it a week in advance! This will give you time to stop thinking about school/work, and focus on yourself and your friends, and it will give you something to look forward to at the end of the work week.  

  1. Don’t feel guilty! 

 You can’t feel guilty for doing the things that make you you. You’ll be more productive in the long run by allowing yourself to enjoy life. Obviously you can’t overdo it – that’s what vacations are for, and that is a post for another day. But taking 45 minutes on a weekday or hanging out with friends on the weekend might be just what you need to relax. You work hard and deserve it. 

Prioritizing personal time can create a sense of fulfillment, rejuvenation, and happiness. This year, try to keep the balance lasting throughout the entire year.