It’s all in your mind
Confidence. I’ve spoken about it plenty of times on my website, and I’ll continue to voice it until it becomes recognised to others that losing your confidence post-graduation is a very common issue. How do I know? Well, because I had fallen victim to it. I slowly lost my confidence shortly after my first rejection from a company who had initially headhunted me for a Junior Designer role. I was beaming with confidence! I thought that this was it – this was going to be my entrance ticket into the design world. This was wrong. I didn’t get the position, and didn’t manage to secure any of the other jobs that I was later headhunted for.
Losing confidence. It’s a serious topic that graduates (or anyone for this matter) don’t feel comfortable speaking up about. There are plenty of books and blogs out there that give you words of wisdom and motivational quotes to guide you in building confidence, but there seem to be little to no articles that mention how it feels like to lose confidence from former experiences. So? That’s why I’m here to tell you how it feels to lose confidence as a graduate.
| Losing Confidence: A Mindset | will focus on the reasons why people lose their confidence during ‘funemployment’. It will speak from the perspective of a narrator directing it at the reader as if they’re going through it themselves, and it will highlight incidents where self-confidence receives significant beatings. The narration will split into 3 stages (think of it as the beginning, middle and end), between each ‘interval’ I will further explain the reasons why we feel this way and mention methods to get out of this self-inflicted loop.
Now, let’s start from the beginning:
(p.s. appreciate the stock images for what they are… they’re all I’ve got as visual images for this post!)