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
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