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Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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1.3 Political events

So far, you’ve looked at issues that have the potential to impact on all of us globally, but there will also be changes that have a more focused impact on your country or region.

Many of these changes are triggered by political decisions, and one recent, significant change within the UK has been Brexit.


The word Brexit is a combination of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’, and is used to describe the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU).

While industries that rely heavily on trade with Europe, or those that attract large numbers of workers from overseas are likely to feel an obvious impact from Brexit, the longer term, overall effects on business and the economy are not yet known.

Brexit, or the impact of other political decisions, on your career resilience may depend on:

  • a.Your own political views, whether you were able to contribute to the decision making process, and if you felt positive or negative when a particular decision was made.
  • b.The significance of its impact on your sector, organisation and day-to-day working life.

From an organisational perspective, the more your employer is able to anticipate, prepare for and adapt to any change and disruption caused by decisions such as Brexit, the more resilient you as an employee are likely to feel. If your employer is able to keep you informed at every stage, this will help further.

One way to enhance your career resilience during times of political change is to ensure you keep yourself informed. That way, you will be able to plan and prepare for the potential change that is coming and feel more resilient as a result.