Developing career resilience
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Developing career resilience

Week 2: Personal resilience – born or made?


Last week you considered personal and career resilience, stress factors and responses to change. You learned that everyone is resilient throughout their lives – resilience is part of human nature. But that raises a question about the ways in which people are resilient and why some people show more resilience than others in the same situation.

This week you will explore individual variations to personal resilience in more detail. You will complete some activities that will help you to identify your own areas of strength, understand how resilience varies at different times and reflect on whether resilience can be learned.

As with Week 1, note your thoughts and responses in the toolkit or your notebook if you prefer.

Watch Lynne Johnson introduce Week 2.

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Welcome to Week 2. This week we ask a big question. If resilience is a human characteristic, then why do some people demonstrate more resilience than others? To answer this, we need to recognise what we mean by resilient behaviour and identify resilience characteristics in more detail.
How much does family background have a part to play? What might be the place of genetics in establishing our characteristics for resilience? And most importantly, can we do anything to strengthen our personal and career resilience?
This week you'll be learning about the different components that contribute to personal resilience, and have an opportunity to reflect on your own personal capacity for resilience.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • recognise that there are varying degrees of personal resilience
  • understand the different components that contribute to personal resilience
  • recognise one way in which resilience can be taught
  • reflect on your own personal capacity for resilience
  • understand how coaching can build resilience.
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