4.1 Problems with a model of change?
You may have noted some questions about Fisher’s model of change. There may be limits to how useful this is for understanding and developing career resilience. Some additional points that you should consider are:
- The model assumes that change is ‘imposed’ from outside the individual through workplace or organisational change. Developing career resilience also includes initiating change – taking personal action to develop your career, learning and skill set.
- The model is a general one, and implies that change events happen one at a time. You, and many others, may have experienced multiple changes in your working and personal life in rapid succession or at the same time (concurrently). Multiple and rapid changes in working and life events can make change seem never ending.
- Presenting a model for transitions can make it appear as if everyone deals with change in the same way. In his work, Fisher makes it clear that individuals move through these stages in different ways and may experience some stages unconsciously. You may have noted that you have ‘skipped’ stages, or repeated some experiences more than once.
Activity 10 Taking action
Whether you are experiencing change now, or anticipate change in the near future, building career resilience matters.
Personalise your learning by reflecting upon what you have learned from Week 1 of this course. Start by asking yourself what career resilience means to you, and by reflecting on how you have dealt with change in the past.
Adaptability is also about trying new things and pushing what you feel comfortable doing. Which one action could you take this week on these topics? Could you chat to someone you know who is self-employed? Or search online to find small firms in your sector in your local area? Have a go now.
As your answer to this question will be personal/only applicable to your own circumstances, there is no discussion for this activity.