Developing career resilience
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4 Your personal resilience through time

Individual personal resilience also varies over time. In Week 1 you looked at what was going on for you, different stress factors in your life, changing demands of technology and stages of the transition curve. You may already have identified that you found some of these changes easier to handle than others.

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Watch the following video in which Rebecca Fielding discusses the challenge of managing stress through resilience.

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One of the most frequent challenges that I see, in terms of being able to display resilience, is when people simply have too much to do and not enough time to be able to do it. I think that that can cause people a great deal of stress, personal stress, and it can cause people to fail, and it can cause people to feel like a failure, as well.
And I think those people who feel more resilience and are more resilient are able to either learn from that experience and move on quickly, and learn new tactics and strategies in how to deal with those scenarios, and/or those with a greater level of resilience are able to simply say, this is what I need in order to be able to achieve this, or I need to say no, or I need to do things differently.
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In this next activity you will focus on your personal resilience over time.

Activity _unit3.4.1 Activity 5 About you: resilience timeline

Timing: Allow about 25 minutes

Access the toolkit, either by clicking on the thumbnail or selecting ‘View’ below. You might find it useful to open it in a new window or tab.

Click on ‘Timeline’ and then using the template provided in the toolkit, or by drawing a timeline in your notebook, think about variations in your personal resilience over time.

  • Identify the points at which you have felt most in control of your life, able to meet and deal with challenges.
  • Think about a time when you may have moved from a feeling of helplessness about a situation to a feeling of control and optimism about the future.
  • What relationships or circumstances made a difference for you? You might realise, for example, that being at home with a small baby removed you from the support networks you had with work colleagues.

Save your notes in the toolkit or your notebook.

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What one aspect from the past might you try to build into your life again?


As your answer to this question will be personal/only applicable to your own circumstances, there is no discussion for this activity.

The fluctuation in personal resilience over time is important. As you read earlier, we all have the capacity to learn from our experiences and change our behaviour in the future. Different factors make a difference for different people. We can all develop our capacity for resilience – but how can we go about it?

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