Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

Week 3: Understanding the external challenge


Welcome to Week 3 of Developing career resilience. This week you shift your attention from the aspects that make up personal resilience, an internal focus, to look at external influences on your working life.

In Week 1 you considered how technological change and organisational responses have raised expectations that individuals adapt quickly and independently. This week you will explore how external trends have an impact on careers and start to look at responses. You will identify how workplace practices are changing in different sectors and consider how future changes to the economy may have an impact on your career.

Continue to use your notebook – or the interactive toolkit – to write down your thoughts and responses to the activities.

Lynne Johnson introduces Week 3 in the video below. (Please note that in the video ‘resilience rucksack resources’ refers to the interactive toolkit.)

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Transcript: Introduction to Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of Developing career resilience. This week we explore how and in what ways external influences have an impact on our careers. You’ll look at differences in a career in a variety of sectors.
You'll also consider current changes in the shape of careers and working practices. And you'll consider whether different types of resilience are needed to support careers in different sectors. You’ll identify future career trends in an area that interests you, and continue to add to your resilience rucksack resources.
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Introduction to Week 3
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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • understand the relationship between external change and the need for career resilience
  • identify recent changes in working practices
  • recognise that different types of career resilience may be required in different sectors and how this meets your preferences
  • identify possible future career trends.

Activity 1 Starter for ten

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Before you start, take a few minutes to consider external changes that have had an impact on your job or your employment sector. These might be something like the discovery of Richard III’s burial place changing your work in tourism in Leicester, or closure of the coal mines prompting a change of career. Which external trends have made a difference for your work?

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