Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Developing career resilience

2 About you: life change and stress factors

Each of us has periods of extreme stress when just carrying on can require considerable resilience. Sometimes several stressful occurrences come together. Sometimes you aren’t at the centre of the story yourself, but major stress affecting someone close to you can affect you. You can become so used to ploughing on, troubleshooting and firefighting that you are less aware when the multiple stresses you are facing are extreme.

In 1967, US psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe looked at the medical records of patients, and asked them to tally stress factors in their lives. They then monitored the individuals’ illness levels, demonstrating the increased likelihood of illness with elevated stress levels.

The stress factors identified 50 years ago don’t take into account some twenty-first-century stressors. They don’t, for example, include zero-hours contracts, working multiple jobs or the strains of being available 24/7. Individuals react differently, but this is nonetheless an interesting way to start to identify the relative stress levels that you are facing at present.

Skip Your course resources
DCR_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371