Am I resilient? Yes, more than you think!

If we were giving out medals for resilience over the past year, young people would definitely be on the podium. From having to adapt to learning at home, not seeing friends or facing more uncertainty than we’re used to, they have shown admirable grit and courage. It is great, therefore, that World Youth Skills Day 2021 will be paying tribute to the resilience and creativity young people show in the face of adversity.

Read on to learn what resilience is and what we could learn from technicians about how to develop it.

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks and to keep on going. It’s an important skill to have because any new experience comes with its challenges. Maybe you have started a new course at college and it’s more difficult than you anticipated, or you are on an industry placement with responsibilities you have never had before. We can’t avoid life’s challenges, but we can face them, learn from them and carry on.


[…]persevere when times get tough. Congratulate each other on a job well done, and always take a moment to stand back and see the art yourself. Appreciate the effort you and the team have put in to create moments of happiness for others.

Ian Bone, Head of Production at Artichoke 

Mastering the skill of resilience

So how can we build up the skill resilience? Some of the characteristics that make up a resilient person may look familiar… as they are the attributes we use to describe technicians! See some examples below:

Build a strong network

Connecting with others can be is important when developing resilience. It means that you have emotional support when facing difficult situations. It can also mean that if you don’t have an answer, you can turn to someone in your network who might do, as David explains to his apprentices:


To embrace every job as a challenge is a big part of being a technician. It’s no good going to a job and saying, “Oh, I can’t do that.”. Go to it, if you’re struggling, you can always ask someone.

David, Turney Agriculture

Want to develop this skill? Check out our blogs on Listening,  Teamwork or watch Darnell learning about the skill of Communication

Adopt a positive mindset

This does not mean ignore the bad things in life or ignoring negative emotions. This skill is to have the ability to put things into context so you can maintain a positive mindset. For instance, it might hurt when you fail an exam; but exams are a just small part of your life and the journey to doing what you love. Victoria has a very positive mindset, and it has taken her from working at a college in South Wales to working on the largest experiment in the world in Geneva:


Listen to our technicians offering advice to their younger selves for some positive inspiration:


Focus on what you have the power to change

 It’s only human to get overwhelmed when things go wrong. But applying strong problem-solving skills can help. By breaking down the problem, figuring out the logical steps to resolve it, you may find that you know a solution or at least know where to find one!  

When I became a technician what intrigued me is that I could make anything happen, endless possibilities of what we can do, as long as you’re creative and take the initiative.

Gabriel SCADA Engineer, Siemens

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