Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

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.

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I think there’s a whole piece now about career resilience in the longer term, which is that it’s unlikely that any of us now are going to have the same career for the whole of our lives. Many of us will find that the skills or educational training we did in our early lives have become obsolete within 20 or 30 years, because of the pace of change.
And so I think career resilience in its broadest term is recognition of the need that we all have for lifelong learning, for agility and flexibility, as we move from one role to another, from one organisation to another, and potentially from one career and specialism to another. And I think that’s going to happen for more and more of us in the future.
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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

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

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?

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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?

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