Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

Week 4: Making connections


In Week 4 you will draw together what you have learned about personal resilience and your own context. You will learn about a model that will help you to make the most of your external resources in challenging times by doing more of what you enjoy. Using the model, you will assess your career resilience in three areas. You will work further on this model in Weeks 5, 6 and 7, and it will form the basis of your action plan for developing career resilience in Week 8.

As before, continue to use a notebook or the online interactive toolkit to write down your thoughts and to complete the activities.

Lynne Johnson introduces Week 4 in the video below. (Please note that in the video ‘resilience rucksack’ refers to the interactive toolkit.)

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Transcript: Introduction to Week 4

Hello again. This week we emphasise that an important aspect of career resilience is feeling that you're in control and able to deal with, and even develop, new opportunities from situations of personal and economic change. This week you'll learn about, and use, a model for assessing the internal and external factors that influence your career resilience, and you'll use this model to reflect on your own experiences.
By the end of this week, you'll understand how to rate your own career resilience in three areas that support career development. You'll add detail to your personal model of career resilience as you continue to collect and assess your own resources in your resilience rucksack. These activities will help you to develop your action plan in Week 8.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • understand a model for adult resilience
  • weigh up your personal situation
  • reflect on your personal career resilience resources.
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