The Rise of Perfectionism: Its Impact on Students and Employers

  • Career Level: Advanced-level career services, university relations and recruiting, and business affiliate professionals
  • Competency: Working with diverse populations
  • Fee: $49 (member); $69 (nonmember);

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  • Summary

    Researchers at the University of Bath and York St. John University have studied data from more than 40,000 American, Canadian, and British university students from 1989 to 2017. The research shows that levels of perfectionism are rising substantially in younger generations. Join this interactive, pragmatic session to explore how to harness the benefits shown from the research, create developmental experiences that allow "safe" failure and the development of resilience tactics, and implement appropriate measures to reduce the mental-health impacts on students and newly hired employees. The headline results from the study will be shared with attendees during the session, with a comprehensive link to the research provided as follow up.

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Discuss the research on the rise of perfectionism and the links to mental health difficulties or "burnout;"
    • Implement pragmatic new ideas, approaches, and content into your graduate scheme or student development programs; and
    • Share ways to best harness the talents and means to support the well-being of your incoming student and newly hired employees.


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