Career Resilience 1: Introduction
We often come across the term Career Resilience and just as often it makes us shudder. Deep down we know that if we’re doing something we love and that fulfils us we don’t need to be ‘resilient’. Life is good and moves along nicely when we are fulfilled. So, why is it that an increasing number of organisations run employee development courses on career resilience, or job resilience. Are they quietly acknowledging (or even warning us) that our jobs are not going to be enjoyable or fulfilling in future? Why take the chance? Why not develop your own career resilience and head them off at the pass? Is it time to take control of your own career and your satisfaction with it?
In this short series of articles on ‘career resilience’ we will look at some of the issues surrounding what it means to have a ‘career’, to keep it on track and to thrive while having one. We’ll cover such topics as:
- Linear & Non-Linear Careers: Does your career have a straight line trajectory? Do you really have a career or simply a set of very interesting jobs? Do you even need a career to remain engaged?
- Culture of Mutual Respect: If it’s true that ‘contracts are dead’ does that mean that the commitments that ‘tie’ each side into an exchange of value and loyalty have been abandoned? In modern employment should we be looking for an exchange of mutual respect instead?
- The Bottom Line: Clearly, we’re better off to have a job and to keep it while it’s working for us. So, how do you give value at work to The Firm?
- Network Value: Our entire life is interconnected with others. Career resilience will be strengthened id we are able to harness the power of our colleagues and networks. Here’s how.
- Getting Value at Work: It’s not all a one-way street. Clearly, work needs to give you value in your life and it extends well beyond simple salary. What are the ways that you can extract maximum value FROM your work and workplace?
- Surviving a Bad Day At Work: We’ve all had them but Don’t Panic, they are survivable.
- Should I quit: 10 areas to think about before making any hasty decisions. Take a breath, consider the options and then take action.
- Time to go? As with most things, there’s no clear ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to change jobs but there are some clear lessons we can learn from others. What are the mechanics of a successful career or job move?
Here are some immediate actions you can take now, for your own career resilience:
- Subscribe: The series will develop over time as new topics emerge. Be sure not to miss out on each article as comes out by subscribing now.
- Assess your situation: Take the Epiphanies 5Qs Life Balance Assessment and receive a FREE consultation to explore what you discover. A $350 value
- Check out the Epiphanies Career Strategy Programme here, or the Career Mentoring Service, here