3 Requirements and resilience in occupational sectors
How might career resilience look different in different occupational sectors? In Week 2 you looked at the resilience required by Simon Weston, a veteran, Hilary Devey, an entrepreneur, and Heather, a supportive mother.
Week 1 mentioned emotional resilience, physical resilience and financial resilience. Strengths in these areas can cushion blows but some careers require strong resilience in particular areas. For example, nurses require particular emotional resilience in dealing with death or supporting people through life-changing situations. Work in financial services may require very long hours in return for high pay. Entrepreneurs such as Hilary Devey (Week 2) require financial resilience as they wait for invoices to be paid or put their own savings at stake to achieve their goals.
Different working practices may also require particular strengths that support career resilience. For example, contract working and portfolio working may require a higher degree of financial risk-taking than part-time working. (You will be looking at this later this week.)
Activity 4 Recruiters speak: resilience in their sector
Rebecca Fielding is Managing Director of Gradconsult and a highly experienced leader on recruitment and talent management for some of the UK’s biggest names, from Asda to HJ Heinz. Pash Selopal is Recruitment Officer, The Frontline, and recruits and supports career changers and graduates to enter social work, one of the UK’s toughest professions. Watch them speak in the following brief videos, which are about resilience challenges in two sectors: retail and children’s social work.
Transcript: Rebecca Fielding
Transcript: Pash Selopal
How do any of these challenges shed light on your situation? Note down your thoughts.
Rebecca Fielding points to the challenges in retail. She highlights the emotional resilience needed to deal with customers in a constructive way, and then go away in the evening, still feeling like yourself.
Pash Selopal highlights the scale of challenge for troubled children in the UK. He explains the demands on workers speaking up for vulnerable children to ensure they get the attention and resources they need.
You might be working in an environment where there are constant flows of challenging clients, requiring multi-tasking and emotional resilience. You may work in an environment, as Pash describes, where you need to get multiple organisations working together for any chance of success. Or you might be a parent or carer, taking on all sorts of hats in an unpaid capacity.