Career Resilience has never been so important

Resilience is a word that has come to me a lot over the last number of weeks. Resilience is defined as “as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity (Ovans, 2015). Career resilience is all these things and can take a positive mindset to ensure that we keep going in challenging times.

Here are a few tips to keep your career resilience in place.

1. Keep a positive mindset – Not easily done, but it does make a big difference, there is opportunity in everything, and there is opportunity in this current scenario we are facing, all be it exceedingly difficult to see.

2. Build your networks – You may have some time on your hands to build some connections. Building a good LinkedIn profile is a really good way of getting connected to people. However, you can also do it by getting in touch with your own network.

3. Upskill – There are loads of opportunities now to learn and upskill on-line and lots of companies are offering free courses.

4. Take charge – This is your career, own it, take action where it is needed, seek help if you need it, but don’t sit and procrastinate it is always better to move forward, even if that is baby steps.

As the research from the Harvard Business Review tells us, your resilience comes from yourself. You may need some help in finding it, but it is there, and it has never been more important.


Ovans, D. (2015) What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters, Harvard Business Review, available: (accessed 24th April 2020)