Over the past few years, the pandemic has tested all of us and our skill to adapt.  

Adapting means we can learn and build on new skills and behaviours in response to things changing. 

It's all about: Having a positive attitude, reflecting, being resilient, persevering 

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Your adapting skill

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to use our adapting skills. For some, that was learning how to study at home rather than being in school. And for those working, this could have been switching to working from home as opposed to in an office.  

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

Top tips on developing your adapting skill

Throughout life, you’ll use your adapting skills every day.  

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In general

Playing a sport and changing your tactics in the middle of a game.

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In school

Asking for feedback after a class presentation so you can think about what you can change in future ones. 

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In work

Using feedback from your manager to positively change your CV after being unsuccessful for a promotion. 

Describing your adapting skill to employers

Knowing how to describe how you’re adaptable can help you in many situations, like writing a CV, filling out an application or talking at a job interview.  

Think about examples and describe what happened when you: 

  • had a positive attitude and carried on with a task even when things changed or did not 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 things 
  • taught yourself something new without help from anyone  

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