The power of mindset: same person, new perspective

What are your plans after uni? What are your long term goals? The inevitable questions I used to dread. A world of possibilities, one so overwhelming it can be hard to find your place within it.

Having completed the Career Self-Efficacy and Digital Confidence Scale twice throughout this year at university, it has given me the much needed opportunity to reflect on my career readiness. This is a necessary reflection, but a daunting one all the same. Have I got what it takes to succeed in this increasingly complex and competitive world?

Of course.

The power is in the mindset

Sink or swim

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When I first completed the scale, I felt discomfort being encouraged to think about my future direction and planning my next steps. I now feel that this discomfort was necessary in pushing me to understand that the only way to fall behind is to live in ignorance towards the future. I knew I wanted to succeed, but did not feel equipped to do so.

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Living in a pandemic, life has been on a somewhat pause for the last year. Steps towards future careers are likely to have been impacted by this, and I now realise it became a possibility to use this as an excuse to delay thoughts of the future.

I had to change my mindset. Instead of viewing my future career as a tangled mindfield, I now see it as an endless plethora of opportunities, and this now excites me. Chances are, I will not get it right first time, as most of us do not, but it is important to explore pathways rather than remain stagnant and uninspired.

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My excitement came when I started to deconstruct my CV and achievements, and assess the elements that I was most passionate about. The realisation that there will be something out there for me to enjoy, and it is my job to seek it, excited me.

I began to make connections on LinkedIn, and practiced ways to market myself based on different opportunities I may apply for. I now approach my CV with pride, and as something I can adapt and create, rather than worrying I am not worthy of a bountiful CV.

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Comparison is the thief of joy

My reflective experience has taught me that success is relative. Comparing my ambitions and achievements to those of others had previously left me feeling inferior. I now know that everyone is on their own path, and there is no rule book for life success. Comparison was preventing me from seeing my passions and capabilities, and hindering me from finding my own path.

Carve your own pathway to the future.

We can all thrive once we find the optimal mindset for success

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