Five steps to career confidence

By Eleanor O'Neill, Student Blog

22 April 2019

Being sure of yourself and your abilities will positively influence the quality of your work and how you move up the ladder. Follow our guide to improving your career confidence.

1. Dress to impress

It's an old cliche to dress for the job you want, not just the job you have. However, looking the part can have a positive impact on self-perception and your reception from peers around you.

Beyond a dress-code-appropriate outfit, keeping your workspace neat and tidy, coming to meetings organised and prepared, and projecting an overall calm and happy attitude will aid in your appearance as a professional.

2. Play to your strengths

The areas you excel in are your biggest advantages in the workplace. Exploit your talents and embrace the tasks within your areas of expertise without trying to compare yourself to someone will a different skill set. Your knowledge and experiences are unique and something no one else can bring to the table.

Equally, you should be honest about the things you need to work on. Accepting areas of development as opportunities to improve instead of failings will help to curb any negative feelings around your work.

3. Develop your skills

Upskilling will add to your confidence as you expand your qualifications and achieve your targets. Gaining new knowledge enhances your credibility with colleagues and can put you in a position of authority.

In addition, a well thought out professional development plan will help you self-reflect and acknowledge successes in your career.

4. Accept challenges

A great sense of achievement comes from successfully taking on a difficult task. Branch out of your comfort zone every so often and volunteer for projects or tasks that you would normally shy away from.

Importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help in these scenarios. Approaching a mentor or co-worker will put you back on the right track.

5. Have ambition

Aim high and believe that you can do whatever you have set your mind to. Confidence is half the battle in pursuing ambitious goals.


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