Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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Developing career resilience

3 Reflecting on your current situation

Take a look at the resilience doughnut on the resilience doughnut website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

We find this a helpful concept to work with, in slightly adapted form, in our career resilience context too. The following elements are drawn on during this course and your activities each week will help you to reflect on different sections.

In the centre of Worsley’s model are personal elements. We suggest these can be applied in a new context for developing career resilience, as follows:

  • I have: Your social relationships and personal resources and ability to navigate and draw on them. You learned more about that in Week 2 and in Activity 1 this week.
  • I am: Your sense of identity and self-esteem. It also relates to your values.
  • I can: Your belief in your ability to achieve goals or carry out actions (self-efficacy) (in Week 6). This also relates to your self-assessment of your skills (which you will consider in Week 7).

The outer ring of Worsley’s Resilience Doughnut looks at the external resources we can connect with, to build and sustain the personal elements. We have adapted it slightly for use in the career resilience context, as follows:

  • Family and close relationships: Your sources of emotional support. You began to look at the way we draw on relationships in Week 2 and Activity 1 this week.
  • Work: Your working environment, sense of responsibility for the work you do and sense that the work you do is valued. You started exploring this and your ways of working in Week 3.
  • Personal resources: Your financial, physical and mental well-being. As noted in Week 3, different careers may require particular resilience in one or more of these areas. You will reflect on your current levels and how you might strengthen them in Week 5.
  • Skills: Identifying your skills and recognising and enjoying your strengths is an important aspect of career resilience. You can judge your own skills yourself and listen to the views of others – accepting feedback. Some of the particular skills associated with career development are discussed in Week 7.
  • Learning and education: Your approach to learning in a range of situations. In Week 2 you thought about different ways of learning.
  • Community and career networks: Feeling that you belong and connections with broader communities – from fellow students or online forums to your tae kwon do group – and with people at work. Developing professional networks that support your career is discussed in Week 7. (Adapted from Worsley, 2015, pp. 74–5.)

Activity _unit5.3.1 Activity 2 Personalising the concepts

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Take some time to look at Worsley’s original model and the inner and outer elements. Or consider the brief prompts above as we have reworked it for career resilience. As any of the elements in your life that you feel are working well come to mind, note them, mentally or on paper, against the relevant elements, to start to make it personal to you. Don’t worry if you are unsure about some of the details at this point: you will be learning about self-esteem and self-efficacy and more about the external elements in the weeks to come.

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

You will remember Worsley’s findings that individuals should identify what aspects of their external environment give them positive experiences. During times of crisis, if you are able to connect with your strongest possible experiences and resources – and ideally if you have a broad range of options to choose from – you will be less likely to withdraw, and more likely to evoke helpful and supportive responses from others.

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