Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

4.1 Growing your own capacity for resilience

As we adapt to new circumstances, our ability to edge our way forward and learn is going to make a key difference. How do you prefer to learn new things? When you need to solve a problem, how do you go about it?

You will already have experienced a variety of ways of learning as you have tackled problems, learned new things and developed new interests. These may be formal training through work or education, or informal learning strategies such as watching a YouTube video, asking others, observing those with different strengths or reflecting and considering how to do things differently next time.

Activity 6 About you: your learning preferences

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Understanding yourself and the ways you prefer to learn make a difference to your capacity to develop new skills. What works best for you? Take five minutes to note down your thoughts.

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When the aim is to change, learning ideally includes:

  • gaining new information
  • reflecting on past experiences and listening to feedback from others
  • assessing how you might approach situations differently in the future
  • developing an action plan for developing resilience skills and strategies
  • recognising that sometimes you need a break and respite from a situation first before you have the energy to think about change.

Which one of the above suggestions might be a tactic for you to bear in mind over the next week?

In the next section you will look at one person’s experience of coaching to overcome an area in which she felt less confident – her maths skills.

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