1.2 Career resilience
Career development professionals at the Career Development Center in California in the 1990s described career resilience as ‘the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, even when the circumstances are discouraging or disruptive’ (Collard et al., 1996, p. 33).
Other factors could include maintaining equilibrium in your working life over time and in the face of organisational change and stress. Some definitions emphasise control, adaptability and dynamism – taking positive action. Career resilience is developed throughout our lives and embraces elements of:
- the challenges and changes that people seek out and respond to
- regrowing a sense of personal control
- a clear focus on goals for the future.
Of course, a source of stress caused by ‘discouraging or disruptive circumstances’ may be your workplace itself, difficult relations with a boss, increasing demands from clients or the pressure to do more with less. You will be looking at resilience requirements in different workplaces in Weeks 3 and 5.
In this course you will learn about career resilience and explore strategies for developing it. Our approach is about more than weathering stress, change or redundancy. Strategies to develop career resilience look at the bigger picture and focus on your longer-term career development. Career resilience is not about maintaining the status quo, but about maximising control over your own personal goals for the future.