Adapting to Change: The Role of Resilience in Careers and Education

The world we live in is extremely different to the one we knew twelve months ago. The combination of Coronavirus and the leaving of the EU in the United Kingdom has dramatically changed our economic position and the way of life for most people on a daily basis.

Adapting to change and resilience have become some of the most valued and important skills for anyone looking to succeed in any career. Here we’re looking at the importance of building and developing your skills and education so you’re as ready as it’s possible to be when significant changes occur.

Adapting to Change: Influencing Factors

There are three key elements to changes that may occur in any work or life environment, all of which need to be considered equally:

  1. The Nature of the Change: you need to take time to reflect on change, how it made you feel and how you acted. In the case of something so catastrophic as a global pandemic, no one should feel pressured or guilty about their reactions or ability to cope.
  2. Reactions to Change: understanding how to transition from the old to the new is key to becoming resilient and managing the change.
  3. Coping Strategies: coping and adapting to change is essential for moving forward. On a large scale it can mean changes in everyday life, but on a smaller scale it could be the flexibility to meet tighter deadlines or slightly different plans than originally organised on a particular project at work.

Learn and Develop New Skills

Times of great change can be times of opportunity. A key factor which shows how resilient you are, in the workplace or in life in general, is the ability to learn from an experience. This could be as simple as being able to face a challenge you used to find too hard to finding a new area of passion or skill you want to hone and train in. Employers are always impressed with employees who want to grow and better themselves for the purposes of their job and career development.

As well as attending work-relevant seminars, being present for training and working as hard as possible in your daily tasks, lateral learning can also be considered. Learning skills which complement your role without being exactly relevant can help position you as a particularly reliable and valuable employee. We’ve talked about the value of cross-training before, and employees who are able to adapt to change effectively are usually already equipped with a wider-than-average skillset, or are more than willing to develop these new skills for the benefit of themselves and the business.

Resilient Employees equal Resilient Businesses

Resilience may not have been a buzzword for employers before March 2020, but it certainly is now. Companies with a resilient and flexible structure have made it through the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic in better shape than those who were not able to adapt as quicky or effectively. It’s also worth considering how younger, school-leaving employees have a great deal of untapped knowledge and talent which positions them well for roles in businesses looking to be adaptive and more flexible.

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