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Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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1 Reflecting on your current resilience

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Now that you have a broader understanding of resilience, this is a good point in the course to reflect on why you chose to explore your career resilience in more detail. As you learned in Week 1, career resilience can broadly be viewed from two perspectives:

  1. Your ability to bounce back when faced with challenges in the workplace or wider world of work.
  2. Your resilience throughout your career in seeking opportunities, setting and achieving goals, and maintaining a trajectory that satisfies your needs.

Perhaps you chose to do this course because you find change at work difficult to deal with and would like to build your resilience, or maybe you want to take steps to ensure that your career is successful, and develop your confidence in moving forward to the next step.

Activity 1 What do you hope to gain from this course?

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Choose which of these statements best describes your reason for undertaking this course on career resilience:

  • I find change at work difficult to cope with and would like to learn how to handle it more effectively.
  • I see lots of changes coming in my sector and want to learn some tactics that will help me to thrive.
  • I want to have a resilient career.
  • I want to understand more about resilience and the characteristics of resilient people.
  • I am worried about the potential impact of future pandemics or other world crises on my career.
  • I want to focus on developing a new path for the future and need to build my confidence.

If none of these statements describe your current motives for learning more about career resilience, add your reason(s) here:

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Having a clear understanding of what you want from the course will help you to recognise the most relevant learning for you. While it will be useful to engage with all the course content, you can pay particular attention to the sections that resonate with your needs.

If the idea of assessing your own resilience feels daunting, there are a number of models you could use to give your thinking some structure. You will look briefly at two of them in the next section.