1.1 Personal resilience
In this course you will consider how career resilience is related to your personal resilience.
Watch the video below to find out how Rebecca Fielding, an experienced leader on recruitment and talent management, defines career resilience.
Transcript: What is career resilience?
Early research in personal resilience was focused on the ability of individuals to thrive after traumatic or adverse events such as the death of a relative or being in a life-threatening situation. More recently psychologists have expanded this to include responses to stress at work, illness and severe environmental events such as flooding. Resilience is now considered a characteristic that we all demonstrate to different degrees.
Activity 2 Drawing on resilience
Take some time now to consider occasions in the last five years when you have drawn on your resilience. It could be a one-off incident, like the two months after you broke your arm, or bigger, ongoing issues, like the strains of regular relocation with your partner’s army career.
Where were the stresses for you? What did you do to respond?
Australian experts on resilience Jackson et al. (2007, p. 3) describe personal resilience as ‘the ability of an individual to adjust to adversity, maintain equilibrium, retain some sense of control over their environment, and continue to move on in a positive manner’.
Which parts of this definition can you see in your example above?