Five ideas to build and protect your career resilience
In a time when the economy is volatile and the job market is tough, it is important to boost your career resilience and remain positive.
Are you making sure you boost your career resilience this winter? At this time of year you would normally be taking steps to look after yourself – taking vitamin pills, a flu jab, making sure you get enough sleep and dressing warmly. No one wants to get sick particularly over the Christmas holidays. But this year in a global pandemic, the need to take care of yourself and dig deep to protect your career resilience is even more important. Many of us may not even know if we can even see close family members and have scaled down our usual plans. This can be tough.
Being resilient, having the ability to bounce back, and adapting and changing are all essential for career happiness and feeling good about what we do. It may seem resilience is something you either have or you don’t, but there are ways you can increase it.
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Here’s 5 ideas to help you build and protect your career resilience:
- Know your strengths – Being confident in what you do well helps to boost your ability to bounce back when things get tough. Take a strengths audit. Ask friends or colleagues for feedback. Reread old appraisals. Or just reflect on what you do well.
- Keep the faith – Self belief is really important for resilience. Regularly tell yourself how great you are. Collect evidence of your achievements through a journal. Believe you are capable of good things. As Oscar Wilde said ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.’
- Learn from your mistakes – Everyone makes them! If something doesn’t go as well as you hoped at work, then take a bit of time out to think about what you might do differently next time. This will help so you don’t find yourself repeating the mistake.
- Remember previous tough times – Not to dwell on them, but knowing you can get through whatever your job throws at you, and come out the other side, is extremely useful. If you have survived before you know you can survive again. This can make an unpredictable job market seem less scary.
- Be good to yourself – Make time to give yourself a physical and mental boost. Plan and take time off. Take a lunch break. Eat healthily. Exercise. And have some fun!
So with the festive season almost upon us, and the times exceptionally challenging, make time to boost your career resilience in preparation for whatever next year brings whether for our careers or anything else.