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Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Introduction and guidance

Developing career resilience is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study.

You’ll start by exploring the meaning of personal and career resilience, identifying your own stress factors and reflecting on your current position. As your awareness grows, you’ll look at how to deal with some of the external career challenges that can feel beyond your control, such as climate change and political decision making – creating a personal career narrative and reframing the difficulties you face. You’ll focus on the support you can access, both internally and externally, to help you develop your resilience, and finish with an opportunity to identify career resilience goals and develop an action plan.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences and learning through a series of short activities.

Career resilience is about what you put into practice. The weekly interactive quizzes give a means to test your understanding and are optional. Those at Weeks 4 and 8 will provide you with an opportunity to earn a badge. You can read more on how to study the course and about badges in the next sections.

The interactive toolkit

As part of the course, there is an interactive toolkit available – you can use this to collect your thoughts together in one place as you complete activities. You will then have a resource that you can draw on in the future to help shape your career. For any activity which asks for you to note something down, there is a corresponding area for your answer in the ‘Activities’ area of the toolkit.

Using the toolkit is optional: if you would rather note your responses down in a different way, that is fine. The toolkit is available at the link below.

Interactive toolkit [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (make sure to open in a new tab or window)

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • understand the concept of career resilience and assess your own position
  • recognise a range of external challenges and their potential to impact on your working life
  • use a variety of tactics and techniques that can enhance your career resilience
  • identify any external support you might need to build your career resilience
  • set yourself appropriate career resilience goals and describe the actions required to achieve them.

Moving around the course

In the ‘Summary’ at the end of each week, you can find a link to the next week. If at any time you want to return to the start of the course, click on ‘Full course description’. From here you can navigate to any part of the course.

It’s also good practice, if you access a link from within a course page (including links to the quizzes), to open it in a new window or tab. That way you can easily return to where you’ve come from without having to use the back button on your browser.

Get careers guidance

This course has been included in the National Careers Service to help you develop new skills.