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Being adaptable means you can learn new skills and change your behaviours in response to things evolving. 

It’s all about: positive attitude, resilience and persevering.

Your adapting skill

Over the past few years, most of us have had to adapt the way we do things.

You might have learned how to study at home sometimes, rather than being in school. And for those working, this could’ve been working from home as opposed to in an office.

Change will happen throughout your life. It’s important to have an open mind, be flexible and think of the positives it can bring.

Top tips for developing adaptability

  1. In general: Playing a sport and changing your tactics in the middle of a round or match.
  2. In school: Asking for feedback after a class presentation so you can improve any future ones.
  3. In work: Using feedback from your manager to learn new skills or upgrade your CV after being unsuccessful for a promotion.

Describing your adaptability to employers  

Employers will want to hear about how you’ve been adaptable in your CVs, applications and interviews. They’ll want to know you can easily change the way you work when you need to get the job done.

You may be asked to describe a time you:

  • had a positive attitude and changed how you did a task when things didn’t go to plan
  • learned from a project or assignment and recognised what you’d improve on next time
  • were open to trying new approaches to tasks
  • taught yourself something new to complete a task differently

Applying your skills

Explore different ways you can apply your skills and learn more about them.