Developing career resilience
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Developing career resilience

4 Mapping your resources

The spider grid is a tool you will start using now and return to in future weeks. You will be using it as a visual aid to see which resources feel like sources of strength and which less so at the moment, to help you to decide where to put your energies. You will be thinking about how much each of these elements in your life are a source of positive energy and support at this stage. This will lead to ratings out of a possible 10, which is located on the outer rim of the web, whereas 1 is close to the centre.

Activity _unit5.4.1 Activity 3 Your support network

Timing: Allow about 30 minutes

Part 1 Your family and close relationships as a support

How far are your family and close relationships a positive source of energy and support in your current situation and next steps?

Use your notes from Week 1, Activities 3 and 7, and from Week 2, Activity 5.

Our closest family and friends can sometimes feel threatened by our plans for change or find it hard to see us in a new light. Are there old relationships, for example with grandparents, which might be of support, or where you feel energised or accepted as you are?

Rate this aspect of your resources out of a possible 10 on the spider grid. Mark a cross at this point.

Part 2 Your work as a source of strength

To what extent is your work and work environment somewhere you feel valued and where you feel responsible for what you contribute? How far is it a positive source of strong relationships and support in your current situation and next steps?

Use your notes from Week 1, Activity 7, and all the activities in Week 3.

Work may feel bleak, but consider whether it is a resource as well as a challenge. For example, your department could be going through hard times, but could opportunities of possible interest be springing up on other sites? Or you could enjoy the relationships with your team, but are bored by your job. Get specific where possible: what in particular is going well? And what less so?

Rate this element of your resources out of a possible 10 on the spider grid. Mark a cross at this point.

Part 3 Your learning approach

How far do you feel your learning approach helps you feel positive and engage with others? Are there areas where you enjoy learning? How confident do you feel reaching out to learn what you need to?

Use your notes from Week 2, Activities 6 and 7.

Rate this element of your resources out of a possible 10 on the spider grid. Mark a cross at this point.

Comment

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

Each of your assessments is only a snapshot – remember that you identified the way that resilience can change over time in Week 2. Your response to these activities might have been different at other times in your life. The point of this exercise was to help you be specific about the individual sources of positive energy in your life at a time of stress. You will revisit these assessments over the next few weeks.

You may find it useful to review this section in the future as life moves on.

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