Developing career resilience
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Developing career resilience

5.2 Tactics for your sector

The strategies used in the helping professions may not be used in the same way in other sectors. As discussed earlier, other sectors may require, for example, a higher degree of physical resilience (for care work, say) or more financial resilience (for example, for someone working on commission or a football manager who can be sacked without warning).

Your environment may be very different, but could any of these strategies help in your work situation? What could you put in place to help your resilience at work, even on an informal basis if your employer is not supportive?

You could try:

  • regular meetings with colleagues to work through difficult issues together
  • online forums through LinkedIn, closed groups on Facebook or informal shared lunches to get immediate peer support
  • yoga and mindfulness groups, which will be advertised in your local library or other community centres
  • joining organisations linked to your sector, such as professional bodies (which often have cheaper student membership), business breakfasts or voluntary groups in your field.

You might find it useful to note down your initial thoughts about this.

It isn’t always about what you do personally. To finish this week, watch this brief video from Rebecca Fielding, with a final tip on what she observes highly resilient, but very busy, people doing at work.

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So, one of the simplest tricks, or tactics, that I see highly resilient but extremely busy individuals using is to change the question that they ask themselves in their work. Most highly conscientious people – and that's the majority of us – want to do a fantastic job at work. And we come in, and we ask ourselves, when we're extremely busy or under a lot of pressure, how can I do this? How can I do this?
And what I see highly resilient people doing is asking themselves a different question. They say, how can this be done? And that doesn't always mean that it's you. So they are asking themselves about the activity that needs to be done and looking at a multiplicity of ways in which that can be done. It might be them, it might be a colleague, it might be their boss, they might need to insource it, outsource it, or have a temp, or just do it in a different way or at a different time.
But I think those who are highly resilient are able to separate out personal guilt and personal pressure away from the work that needs to be done. And I think that objectivity, and applying that objectivity, is one of the simplest tricks and tactics that I see highly resilient people applying in order to manage their workload.
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Rebecca Fielding talks of developing objectivity and separating out personal guilt from a recognition of what needs to happen. She identifies a key question: How can this be done?

How relevant is this to you and your stresses?

Activity _unit6.5.3 Activity 9 Your personal resources as a source of strength

Timing: Allow about 15 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 ‘Spider diagram’ and use it to consider and rate your personal resources (physical, emotional and financial) as a source of energy and support at this stage.

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Flick back through your notes from the activities and your actions this week. Did you notice any changes if you took actions? Consider too, if you are thinking about a career change, which resources might be needed in the new occupational area.


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

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