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Self confidence is an attribute which allows individuals to have positive yet realistic views of themselves and their situations. Self confident people trust their own abilities, have a general sense of control in their lives and believe that, within reason, they will be able to do what they wish, plan and expect.
In the graduate labour market, self confidence is a very necessary attribute; if you are not sure of your own abilities, how can you convince an employer of your worth at an interview?
One of the biggest myths about self confidence is that you have to be born with it. Self confidence is actually a set of skills that can be learned just like any other skill. It’s also important to remember that if you’ve had your confidence destroyed, it is possible to build it up again and become even more resilient.
If you want to become more self confident, you must believe that it is possible to change and you must be motivated to do so. You must identify some goals and then spend time practising new behaviours. It is also invaluable to gain support and encouragement from someone else.
Tips to help
For more tips and information on this topic, sign up for an “Improving your self confidence” workshop at CEEC.
The following website may help: http://www.mindtools.com/selfconf.html