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What’s your STEM career resilience?

Your STEM career resilience is a major determinant of your STEM career success.

Your career can be described as a series of jobs that are related to each other and which grow in complexity. Consequently, making educational and career choices are not once-off processes because both jobs and people evolve. For this reason, making these choices should not be seen as an all-or-nothing decision, but rather part of an evolving process. Therefore measuring your career success to a certain job or role would be pointless.

How well do you manage your career success?


I look to the future - rather than reflecting on my previous career decisions.

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Before applying I use LinkedIn, Glassdoor etc. to research the company fully

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I have joined specialist job boards to keep me updated on suitable opportunities.

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I am always learning about at least one new skill to enhance my employability.

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When attracted to a new job post, I run through all the pros and cons before applying.

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I look to the future - rather than reflecting on my previous career decisions.

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I use various social media and useful sites to stay educated about developments in my sector/specialism.

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All feedback is useful for improving my performance at work.

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It's important to celebrate all my career successes - big or small.

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It is my sole responsibility to update my current skills - I shouldn’t expect others to assist.

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Any job disappointment still offers me a learning opportunity.

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I have an excellent understanding of my own strengths and weaknesses.

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I respect all my colleagues who are actively managing their own career plans.

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I use social media to network about new openings and suitable career opportunities for me.

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I don’t expect every job I have to fit into my overall career plan.

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I offer constructive criticism whenever invited to do so by a colleague/team member.

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I welcome all types of feedback from my colleagues - good or bad.

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I ask friends and family for advice about my career development going forward.

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Before applying, I always analyse what I'd bring to the role and any unique opportunities it offers.

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It is unrealistic to expect any role to satisfy me completely.

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I update my career plan at regular intervals.

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I am fully aware of the role features which motivate me the most.

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Instead, your career is more of a path you will follow through your life. Your interests might shift, your priorities might change and your opportunities might guide you in a different direction.

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”

However, how you approach your career path through the years might be the secret to growing it to something more than a job. There are so many quotes from successful people on career success, opportunities and managing expectations. One thing they all seem to have in common is the importance of doing what you love.

“The only way to do a great job is to love what you do.”

Steve Jobs

However, there is one aspect of this that might be often overlooked. Doing what we love often results in burn-out. Why? Well if you love it so much you tend to put all your energy and most of your time into the work.

Therefore, even when you love what you do, make sure to strife for balance. However, always strive to do what you love and you’ll love what you do.

For more information on career match and career guidance, have a look at our Career Match. Also, make sure to make use of the many practice tests.

STEM Careers Change

While there is stigma attached to dismissal, unlike redundancy, it happens more often than you might think.  Whatever the reasons, and however upsetting the circumstances, it is possible to survive and find new employment. If you’re fired after a series of warnings, poor performance or gross misconduct, you’re likely to know the reason why. Many, many people have been fired without being told the reason why – particularly during recessions. If you know the reasons for your dismissal it may be possible to learn something from the experience, but either way, try not to let it knock your confidence.

Manage your exit
A ranting email to the entire department isn’t advised, but there’s no reason you can’t quietly communicate your departure to colleagues and select clients. Your soon to be ex-colleagues could be useful contacts for your next role and may even provide you with a reference, so leave on good terms whenever possible.

What to say at interview
It may be tempting to fudge the issue of your dismissal on your CV, application forms and at interview – but honesty is the best policy.

Finding your next job
If you’re finding it hard to secure a permanent job, temporary work may the answer.
This will give you a new reference, another role to discuss at interview and will keep you motivated. Plus, temp agencies are less likely to be worried about why you left your last role.

10 personality tips to help your Study Skills

  1. Find time to study – If you manage your time badly, inevitably you will be less productive than if you manage it well. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety levels, especially around exam time.
  2. Keep to a routine – Work in the same place at the same time each day. Also, make sure you have everything you need before you start.
  3. Work to your strengths – Schedule challenging tasks for when you are most alert, and routine ones for when you may be feeling more tired.
  4. Don’t waste time – Rather than reading irrelevant material, skim and scan to help you decide if you need to read something critically and in-depth.
  5. Avoid distractions – Related to above. Switch emails and social media off to prevent your mind wandering while trying to learn new information!
  6. Regularly review your notes – Edit out what you don’t need. Ask yourself the question: “Is this information is relevant to my assignment, and how does it relate to what I already know.”
  7. Vary how you to take notes – For example, use Mind Maps and diagrams to generate ideas and linear notes to focus your ideas for essay or report plans.
  8. Be critical – Make sure that you always add your own comment to every concept or quotation that you write down. Maintain a critical and analytical approach at all times!
  9. Plan your work – If writing an assignment produce a detailed plan before you start to write it. This will make the drafting process much less stressful
  10. Understand different styles  – By understanding different writing styles – such as academic, journal and journalistic styles – you can put what you read into perspective. In particular, you can become more aware of any particular bias.

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