Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

Introduction and guidance

This free badged course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the factors that influence career resiience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop yours further.

The course lasts eight weeks, with approximately three hours’ activities each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week there is no problem with pushing on to complete another week’s study.

You’ll start this course by considering your personal situation, the strengths you have and stresses you face. As you move on you’ll look at why career resilience is important in today’s working world, changing practices, how the future might look and how resilience can be learned. You’ll hear from international athletes on overcoming setbacks and persistence, and from recruiters on how they spot resilience during recruitment processes. Finally, you will identify how this understanding might be applied to your own situation and devise a practical action plan that is appropriate for you. There will be plenty of examples to help you as you progress, together with opportunities to try new activities and practise your understanding.

Career resilience is about what you put into practice. The weekly interactive quizzes give a means to test your understanding and are optional. Those at Weeks 4 and 8 will provide you with an opportunity to earn a badge. You can read more on how to study the course and about badges in the next sections.

As part of the course you have been provided you with an interactive toolkit in which you can collect all your thoughts together in one place. You can use the toolkit, which is sometimes referred to in the weekly videos as your ‘resilience rucksack’, and the templates within it as you complete activities throughout the course and it will provide a resource that you can draw on in the future to help shape your career. For any activity which asks for you to note something down, there is a corresponding area for you to type your answer into the ‘Activities’ area of the toolkit. Using the toolkit is optional: if you would rather note your responses down in a different way, that is fine.

To open the toolkit (which we recommend you do in a new tab or window) click on the thumbnail or click on ‘View’.

Interactive toolkit [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • identify the strengths of resilient people and recognise which ones you have already
  • recognise how the need for resilience varies in different occupational sectors
  • identify tactics for goal setting and overcoming setbacks
  • work with a model for career resilience and develop your own resources
  • reflect in light of this understanding and start taking action.

Moving around the course

In the ‘Summary’ at the end of each week, you can find a link to the next week. If at any time you want to return to the start of the course, click on ‘Full course description’. From here you can navigate to any part of the course.

It’s also good practice, if you access a link from within a course page (including links to the quizzes), to open it in a new window or tab. That way you can easily return to where you’ve come from without having to use the back button on your browser.

Get careers guidance

This course has been included in the National Careers Service to help you develop new skills.

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