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Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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1.1 Planning and preparation

The better prepared you feel to face challenges in the workplace, the more resilient you will be if/when they arise.

Activity 1 Using planning skills for resilience

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

In this activity, you’ll focus on using your planning skills to support career resilience. First, listen to this brief video from employer Charlie Reeve. In it, he suggests an approach you can take to prepare for challenging times. Could this work for you?

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Now think of something related to your career that you regularly worry about or try not to think about at all. It could be a work-related task or event, or it could be a career decision you’ve been putting off.

Take Charlie’s approach and consider all the things you can think of that might cause that activity to fail. Then look for potential solutions. Doing this now, when you’re under no immediate pressure, will help to make you feel more prepared.


Charlie suggests that one tactic people can have is to imagine failure in advance, to build up the coping mechanisms so when things don’t go to plan, it isn’t a shock. Is this something you might build into your action plan?

Sometimes, emptying your head of all the worries, and then looking for solutions can be really helpful. You don’t need to come up with solutions on your own – if you feel it is appropriate, involve your family or colleagues in your brainstorming. It might be something that has been worrying them too.