Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

2 Imagining the future

Thinking about future goals can be problematic. Many people struggle to answer the question ‘What is it that I really want?’ People frequently find it easier to note first the bits they don’t want and then to reverse that to consider what a more positive future would look like.

In this course we argue that change is possible when people use their strengths and networks, continue to take risks and to learn, and take action in changing times. Resilient individuals join together with others, thrive in situations of change and even seek out challenges, or are willing to take on projects where it isn’t clear that success is possible. They have a strong sense of personal control and a clear focus on goals for the future.

Activity 2 Imagining your future

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

Review the notes that you made in Week 3 on your work and career, changing trends in your sector, and alternative ways of working.

How would you like your career goals to fit in with your imagined future?

A fun activity if you have a little extra time is creating a vision board to add detail to your future vision. Vision boards are used by interior designers and other creative professions to conjure up the way things could look for a client. In this case you could take a pile of magazines, plus a large piece of paper and some glue. You may think vision boards aren’t for you, but consider whether this might be an area to push your boundaries too!

Spend ten minutes tearing out pictures or headlines that attract you from the magazines. Don’t analyse too much or censor what you pick. Now spend ten minutes arranging them on the paper and gluing them in place.


What has this conjured up for you?

You could spend a further ten minutes writing your thoughts from this exercise. It can be interesting what it uncovers. Previous learners have realised, for example, from tearing out glamorous models playing with bubbles, that they want far more fun at work; or from picking a group laughing together, they have recognised that they want to be part of a team. Your vision board can be something to pull out to inspire your actions over the next few months.

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