Monday, January 13, 2020

How To Feel More Confident As A Professional

There’s a reason we take our careers so seriously - and it’s not simply because of the potential for material gain. We can often divorce our professional selves from who we are, considering it a mask we must upkeep in order to gain an income and improve our quality of life. But that’s not often the case. There’s much pride and personal achievement to be had in living a professional life well, and in curating who you are at any place of employment to become the professional you wish to be. Like any discipline, this process can yield many personal rewards.

However, it can be hard to progress or lay your best intentions down when you’re struggling to have confidence in yourself, no matter what role you currently occupy or hope to occupy. As far as that’s concerned its worth considering a few vital measures to help you fully embody your professional life, and to feel less career anxiety. After all, we can never know the shape our career will take, but we can improve how we progress. With that in mind, please consider some of our following advice:

Refine Your Wardrobe
There’s nothing quite like walking into an office well-groomed with an excellent suit and feeling like you’re on top of the world. You needn’t be egotistical or narcissistic to enjoy this either, feeling equipped, suited and booted can help you feel prepared and ready to conquer anything that comes your way. 

This can also help you project your professional image outwards, and people will often treat you differently based on how that looks. If you’re always wearing loose shirts and ill-fitting trousers, for instance, people may assume you’re less serious than you wish to come across. To some degree, it’s a shame that clothing can be judged to this degree, but it also gives you the chance to really refine that impression you want to give, no matter if you’re presenting your ideas or meeting investors.

Qualify Yourself
Qualify yourself to the extent that you can. When you choose among the best MBA career paths, for example, you have the chance to outfit yourself with the best course knowledge appropriate to setting yourself up in that field. This can also help you network more efficiently, learn real and practical skills that can help you ease into a certain career direction, as well as helping you avoid the rookie errors that usually come when you’re nothing but green in an industry. These courses can also teach you the importance of the work you do, allowing you to fall in love with a certain career path rather than worrying just how financially rewarding it may be.

Read Around Your Subject
None of us can become a master at everything, but it can be that in order to be a master at one thing we need to understand many contexts of our chosen discipline and practice. This means reading into and around your subject. You can’t hope to become an art critic, for example, without learning how the best means in which to preserve art, or the purchasing trends of the art world, or who the largest collector’s in your field are. Reading into your subject requires that natural interest we spoke of earlier, but it can help you contextualize and recontextualize your understanding. This can be a lifetime of work, and that’s all the better if this inspires you.

Get Used To Networking
Getting used to networking is not always the easiest for those who do not have charming personality traits as standard - not all of us can be the loudest extroverts in the room. That being said, learning how to professionally converse with others in your field can help you grow and connect with people that could one day become a professional opportunity for you.

Handing out business cards, practicing looking the person you’re talking to in the eye, being able to explain who you are and what you do confidently and learning how to listen are all practical networking skills. On top of that, understanding how to attend the right events (such as business conventions) or marketing yourself through social media profiles or LinkedIn can be important. Get used to networking, even if you have no pressing need to put yourself out there. These skills may just help you cinch your dream employment one day, or help you lead more strongly if starting your own initiative.

With this advice, we hope you can feel much more confident as a professional.