Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

1 Drawing on relationships

In Week 2 you learned how personal resilience is built by what you do and your wider relationships. How individuals draw upon relationships is particularly important in times of change – and can make the difference between feeling that you have some control over decisions and feeling overwhelmed by external events.

Activity 1 Drawing on relationships

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Watch the video ‘Resilience and public health’ and note down your answers to the questions that follow.

Resilience and public health
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  • What are the three types of relationship that support people once they have got back on their feet (transformational resilience) to support career change?
  • What do each of these relationships provide?
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The answers have been presented in the form of a table below – with an additional column showing a summary of what these relationships bring.

Table 1

Type of relationshipSupport provided
Close family and friendsShare values, understand outlookHelp us through
Wider communityKnow about different opportunities, have different perspectivesHelp us on
Beyond usMake decisions about our communityHelp us feel heard

Think about who would be in your wider community.

Redundancy is one externally imposed change that you may have no control over. Career resilience is required to focus on developing a new path for the future. Taking control may occur in other ways – you may have reflected upon the future direction of your sector (Week 3) and decided to take action by changing organisation, job role or mode of working. You may have reflected on your values and needs and decided to make a career change. Or you might be in a position where, for now, all you feel you can do is to keep on keeping on.

For each of these situations, building career resilience involves drawing on personal resources and relationships in order to deal with a changing employment environment. Understanding your career resilience means taking a closer look at how your personal resources, relationships and working environment work together.

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