Career Resilience is an essential skill in our changing world

Career Resilience is an essential skill in our changing world


Nov, 2020

– Development
– Transition
– Switch

According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. As we look at career resilience, the sources of stress would likely come from the workplace, such as an increase in workload, a change in portfolio, or even the loss of a job. As such, career resilience would mean ‘bouncing back’ from difficult situations and experiencing exponential growth.

The 7 Pillars of Resilience by German psychotherapist Micheline Rampe is a useful model for any individual who would like to master resilience:

  1. Developing optimism 
  2. Acceptance of the situation
  3. Focusing on potential solutions
  4. Leaving the victim role
  5. Taking responsibility for one’s own life
  6. Planning a flexible strategy to deal with future challenges
  7. Building a support network

The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) is a simple self -assessment that individuals can use to assess their resilience.

Career resilience can be cultivated and we would like to recommend 5 dimensions for your self-directed learning.

  1. Ability to embrace change and adapt (6 components)
  2. Ability to learn and improve (6 components)
  3. Ability to recognise opportunities and take action (6 components)
  4. Ability to build and nurture instrumental relationships (6 components)
  5. Ability to reposition and expand skillsets (6 components)
  6. Ability to see ahead and achieve the vision (6 components)
  7. Ability to rely on self to do the job well (6 components)

To find out more about the components of each dimension, you are welcome to connect with us.

I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.

Carl Jung

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