Adaptability is being able to respond positively and appropriately to changing circumstances. Sometimes you might be driving the changes, for example by getting a new job or house. But at other times they might be caused by events that you have no control over, like a recession or Covid-19.
In work, adaptability means being open to change. For example, seeking out the skills or training you need to operate new equipment. Or willing to relocate to work on a new project in another part of the world.
Adaptability is core to progressing in any career. It enables you to learn and master the additional skills and responsibilities you need as you progress in your chosen path. It’s also extremely useful in construction and building projects, where the work environment literally changes every day. It’s a vital skill in advanced industries too, such as nuclear power generation, where technologies and regulations evolve all the time.
Your ability to adapt ties in strongly with your willingness to learn: adapting to change often means learning new skills or techniques. Together, this can influence how well you develop important skills such as time management or problem solving.