Resilience and career development

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Resilience can be one of the keys to successful career development. The ability to cope with the ups and downs in life is very important during the process of deciding on a career and finding fulfilling education, training and employment.

Selecting an area to work in is a tricky business. Since many careers require you to work about 40 hours a week, this is a big chunk of your life – about 23.8 %. Over a 40 year career, it adds up to a whopping 76,800 hours. If you didn't think this decision could be worth taking some time over, think again.

Pick an industry you are interested in

Brains are useful but passion is essential for success. Most people don’t stay in the same job they start with, but they often stay in the same area of endeavour. Find an industry or area of life you can believe in. Doesn't matter if its healthcare, hotels or hat making.

Think about what you like doing and do more of it

Success is often about figuring out what you like and are good at and doing more of it. It's also handy to think about what you really can’t stand doing and try not to do that.

A job is just a job

Some people have an expectation of the work place that they should belong, have a sense of being cared for or that their work colleagues will be a kind of second family for them. Sure it's great if you make friends with people through work, but don't rely on it.

Many roads lead to the same place

In school a lot of emphasis is placed on getting good marks as a way of succeeding in life. Good marks help, but in many areas of life there are other ways of achieving great outcomes. Look around for opportunities to gain experience in areas that are relevant to what you want to do.

Don't be swayed by negative people

People will gladly tell you why you can't do something. Opinions about why something is not possible for you will get tossed around by your family, your friends and maybe even some of your teachers. Once you've set a goal for yourself, stay focused on the goal you want and let others do the worrying about all the obstacles. Never lose sight of your dreams.