Becoming More Confident

After completing the questionnaires you should have a better idea of your self-confidence levels - and understand how important it is to make sure you are at your most confident when it comes to applying for and getting a job.

Confidence is a skill and it can be developed - but you do need to work at it in much the same way as you would any other skill.  There are several tools and techniques that you can use and we have listed some of them below.  

How to build your confidence

Lift Off Programme

The Careers and Employability Service offers a programme called ‘Lift Off’. This provides those that take part with a ‘confidence toolkit’ to enable them to build their graduate attributes and to develop their lifelong employability skills. It is delivered through six practical, interactive workshops and it is open to home and international undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates.

The last Lift Off runs in the spring semester  and student interest, participation and feedback is fantastic. Students involved reported improved success at delivering presentations, interviews, assessment centres and in their current workplaces.

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 A positive, can-do attitude is a real selling point for graduates.  this doesn't have to be loud and gregarious, more a quiet confidence, willing to work hard to achieve goals...  Pride in your own work and a desire to give your best will also go a long way"  Civil Engineering - SME

Here is some of their feedback:

“I cannot stress enough how much it has made a difference in all aspects of my life; in university, in my work place and in my day to day life too. I will take what I have learned from you and use it for the rest of my life. Thank you!”

“One of the best experiences I had during my studies”

“Lift Off was a life changing experience for me.”

 “I have a better awareness of my own ability and how I present myself!”

“I feel much more confident in myself and my ability to present myself to others”

This programme will run each spring semester and we are currently developing online tools to enable more students to access the programme online.  More details will be available in the events calendar when the programme opens for registration.

TED talk on Self Confidence

There is an excellent TED talk by Amy Cuddy on showing self confidence using your body language.  The video lasts for twenty minutes so make sure you have time to watch it.

Centre for Confidence

The Centre for Confidence has an excellent set of resources to help you analyse your own levels of self-confidence and to build on them.  It is worth exploring their website in some detail.

Top Tips

Here are our top tips for building your confidence:

  • Don't compare yourself to other people - they are not you
  • Don't put yourself down
  • Do the things you love
  • Say positive things about yourself to yourself
  • Accept compliments
  • Spend time with positive people
  • Say positive things about yourself to yourself
  • Accept compliments
  • Spend time with positive people
  • Acknowledge the things you are good at 
  • Be assertive and insist on being treated with respect
  • Be helpful and considerate of others
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