Building your career confidence: insights from Julie Littlewood

Are you looking to boost your confidence in pursuit of that ideal career? Whether you're starting out on your professional journey or seeking to advance in your current role, developing a strong sense of confidence can be a key factor in achieving success.

In our recent webinar ‘How to Build Your Career Confidence’, speaker Julie Littlewood (Biomedical Sciences, 1999) shared valuable insights and practical strategies to help you enhance your confidence in the workplace.

We've summarised a few of Julie's key takeaways to help you on your career journey.

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Self-assessment and reflection

One of the first steps towards building career confidence is self-assessment and reflection. Julie emphasised the importance of understanding your skills, strengths and values.

"Focus on what you're good at and also what you enjoy doing," Julie said. "This self-awareness can provide you with clarity about your career aspirations and aligning your goals with your strengths and interests.

"By taking the time to assess your abilities and preferences, you can make informed decisions about your career path, leading to greater confidence in your professional pursuits."


Positive mindset and overcoming imposter syndrome

Maintaining a positive mindset is essential for your career confidence. Julie discussed the prevalence of imposter syndrome, where individuals doubt their abilities despite evidence of their competence. She suggested strategies such as affirmations, gratefulness, and managing the impostor syndrome.

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Julie advised, "You may have heard of 'fake it ‘til you make it'. I prefer 'name it and tame it'." By acknowledging and addressing negative self-talk, you can cultivate a more optimistic outlook and boost confidence in your abilities.

Learning from mistakes and reframing negativity

Another aspect of building career confidence involves learning from mistakes and reframing negativity. Julie emphasised the importance of embracing failures as learning opportunities. "There's no such thing as a mistake, reframe it as a 'learning opportunity." she said.

By reframing setbacks positively, you can cultivate resilience and confidence in your ability to overcome challenges. Additionally, reflecting on past experiences and identifying lessons learned can help you approach future endeavours with greater confidence and resilience.


Exploring values and finding purpose

Finding purpose in your career can significantly contribute to confidence. Julie recommended exploring your values and beliefs to gain insight into what truly matters. She shared her personal experience, stating, "It was only in a coaching session when they explored values that it really helped me realise what made me tick."

Understanding your values can guide career decisions and provide a sense of direction. By aligning your professional pursuits with your core values, you can find greater fulfilment and confidence in your chosen paths.

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If you're eager to learn more about building career confidence and implementing practical strategies in your professional life, don't miss the full webinar.

Gain valuable insights, actionable tips, and inspiring advice to empower your career journey. Watch the webinar on demand now and take the first step towards boosting your confidence and achieving your career goals.

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