How a graduate can build confidence

31 Jul 2018

studiesStudents stepping into their early days of building a career are often faced with insecurities. Unfamiliarity surrounding the job market and the limited positions open to graduates all contribute to the fear of not being good enough – even when fantastic qualifications have been acquired.

The problem is that this very mindset can negatively impact your chances of getting a job. Employers may view a lack of confidence as a lack of drive or as a trait which would require you to be walked through every stage of the job. This is anything but a correct assumption – Nervousness among graduates is normal and common and generally a result of the competitive job market. Worry not, as confidence can be worked on.

-    A lack of experience does not equate to a lack of skill. Some employers are aware of that, but at other times, it will be up to you to show them. You must remind yourself of what you can bring to the table. Remember – if you do not believe you have valuable skills to offer, how can an employer believe it? Big employers spend a lot of money on graduate recruitment programs for a reason – because you’re good at what you do!

-    Keeping track of your progress will allow you to realise just how much you’ve accomplished. Write down your goals and the steps you have taken to reach them, the work and grades you’ve achieved in school, the universities you’ve been accepted to – Whatever they are, list the positive things you’ve worked hard on and have accomplished. When you are struggling with confidence, a reminder of your capabilities can help.

-    Living a productive life builds confidence. When you are actively working towards your goals and getting a good amount of work done, you will feel much better about yourself. Set goals for the day or week and work towards them. If you can prove to yourself that you are able to work efficiently, you can prove your ambition to others too.

-    Knowing how to sell yourself is key. Learn to appreciate your skills and why they would be valuable to an employer. Once you do, learn to communicate it. Communication isn’t everyone’s forte, so try imagine being that employer – why would they hire you? Enter every interview thinking positive thoughts, as this will come across clearly through your mannerisms, body language and tone of voice.