Building Personal Resilience


There are a lot of stressing parameters that a science trainees will experience during his or her career: (1) the mismatch between job demands and rewards; (2) lack of support from mentors; (3) the frustrations of scientific setbacks; (4) pressures to compete and excel; (5) the precarious work-life juggle; (6) limited job opportunities. Most trainees are not prepared for what they encounter in graduate school. For the 1st time experience do not be treated like future superstars they think are. Questions like: Why do some succeed while others fail? Some people believe that this is pure lack or some people have been born to succeed or to the individual talent. Latest scientific results showed that it is the personal resilience that some people succeed and others do not. An example of this can be an individuals reaction after a failure: one is feeling defeated while the other one is inspired to try harder. This short course aims to explain why resilience is important for a successful professional career, personal development. Moreover this module aims to teach how to raise an individuals’ personal resilience


1. Why resilience is important
2. Definition of personal resilience
3. How to raise your resilience
4. Moving from Why to how to
5. How to evaluate personal resilience

Learning Outcomes

How to evaluate and build students’ or a professional personal resilience


Research papers

External Evaluator

Dr Maria Kartalou (Ex BCG Partner, Planning Director Thenamaris Marine Company)

Responsible Academic

Associate Prof. Kostantinos Petridis (TEI of Crete)

Awarded ECTS