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  • Contents
  • Subject index

Social work in the 21st century is facing great change and upheaval in a period of Government austerity measures. From worsening pay rates to limited resources, these are increasingly challenging times in which social workers practice. It is therefore important that social work students are prepared for the realities of working within the modern social care system - that they have the tools and skills to care for themselves, and not just others. This book is a straightforward guide on how to cope with the stress and pressures of today’s social work environment by developing the right skills and knowledge. It will help students learn from a very early stage how to be at their best; from developing strategies to look after themselves and making ...

Choosing Mindful Practice and Building a Resilient Career
Choosing Mindful Practice and Building a Resilient Career
Key Concepts and Issues in this Chapter
  • Joyful effort
  • Mindful careers
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Reality testing
  • Flexibility
  • Impulse control
  • Happiness
  • Optimism
  • Developing emotional agility
  • Developing creative thinking skills
  • Managing career transitions
  • Dealing with setbacks and disappointments
  • Intelligent CV creation
  • Your CV as a source of job security
  • Future impacts of new technologies
  • Managing your future
Introduction

Historian Edward Gibbon (1776) said, ‘The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.’ What Gibbon was saying is that there is no good or bad luck but rather that people who are skilled and competent can effectively steer themselves through the treacherous waters of difficult times. I introduced this idea in Chapter 2 when I gave the example of Derren Brown’s programme in ...

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