You need self-confidence to win at life!

“Believe what is in the line of your needs, for only by such belief is the need fulfilled . . . Have faith that you can successfully make it, and your feet are nerved to its accomplishment (William James, Principles of Psychology).

Self-confidence is often believed to be an inborn trait and this notion eventually leads us in restricting ourselves in fulfilling our full potential. However, several psychological studies have proven that self-confidence is not inborn, but it is a trait that can be developed.

Does this ring a bell?

This should encourage you to start believing in yourself and boost your self-confidence. As William James, the father of psychology advocates “believing in oneself” is key to personal and professional success. You have to also keep in mind that self-confidence does not entirely mean that you believe you are shipshape with everything, instead it is knowing that there will be things that you will not be good at but still accept one’s flaw, be open for constructive criticisms and make room for self-development. Start getting things in to action and create the energy of believing in yourself.

To help you in boosting your confidence, Presentation skills and Thinking on your feet, we have two workshops scheduled on Wednesday 15th. The first workshop will cover: Techniques to help you turn your ideas into succinct presentations and how to use body language; the power of your voice and effective pauses to support your message. You will have the chance to present to the class and receive constructive feedback. The second workshop will cover vocal techniques and strategies to help you contribute to meetings and make your points calmly and with authority. You will have the chance to run through a couple of practice scenarios and receive constructive feedback.

 

Welcome to our new interns!

  • We are proud and excited to welcome our new interns today. As you may know, upon completion of any programme offered at the University, students are offered the opportunity to apply for a twelve week internship within one of our busy departments. This time we welcomed three students to fill the Marketing, IT and HR intern roles.

Say hello to Stonney, Akshatha and Mena!

Intern team

picture: Interns with their line managers.

 

Stonney Ampo – Marketing Intern

“I can’t wait to put my creativity to work”

Stonney Marie M. Ampo is a final year Business and Management student at the University of Sunderland in London. Stonney obtained her first degree in Development Communication at Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan, Philippines where she was born and bred. Stonney embraces the opportunity to explore the UK working culture and to put her skills and knowledge into practice. She is a self-motivated individual with great enthusiasm and we can’t wait to watch Stonney flourish in our Marketing department.

Contact: Stonney.ampo@sunderland.ac.uk

Strengths:

  • Brochures, flyers and posters design
  • Photography and videography
  • Editing

Akshatha Nagarajappa – HR intern

“Bring on the challenge”

Akshatha recently completed her MBA in Human Resource Management with us. She is a very detailed oriented person with a passion for people which makes her suitable for this position. Akshatha completed her Bachelor Degree in India where she is originally from. This internship for her is an opportunity for growth in her career and to gain new skills. We look forward to have an expert in HR at the end of her Internship.

Contact: askshatha.nagarajappa@sunderland.ac.uk

Strengths:

  • Administrative
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal

Mena Afzal – IT intern

“I’m very excited for this Internship ”

Mena completed 2 years with us at University of Sunderland in London. She did a top-up in International Tourism and Hospitality Management and the MSc in Tourism and Hospitality. She was chosen for this role because of her strong background in IT. Mena studied IT and worked in the sector before starting her course with us. She is a very calm and patient individual that we believe fits the IT role perfectly. We are certain that Mena will contribute and gain a lot from this internship.

Contact: mena.afzal@sunderland.ac.uk

Strengths:

  • Tech Savvy
  • Multitask
  • Analytical skills

Join us in wishing them good luck!

 

Maintaining Mental Health as a Student

relaxBeing a student is hard and being at University can be a challenge, but this doesn’t mean you have to feel low. Maintaining your mental health as a student is vitally important to not only completing and enjoying your course but to your overall happiness. Alike physical health, mental health can fluctuate and what is going on in your life can affect the way you feel.

Being able to spot the signs of your well being slipping is important so that you can take action to boost your mental health. These signs will be slightly different for every person but here are some examples below.

Becoming withdrawn or not wanting to socialise

Leave me alone

Having a change in your appetite – either over or under eating

Feeling that your academic/sporting/extracurricular performances haven’t been where they usually are recently

failure

Having difficulty with sleep – either sleeping too much or sleeping too little

sleep too muchBecoming more irritable

shut up

When you are not feeling great it can be difficult to know what to do to make yourself feel better. There are some tips and tricks for self-care that you can try for your mental health. Looking at your sleep routine and diet can be game changers when it comes to how you feel. Not getting enough sleep or eating a lot of processed/junk foods can really affect how you feel. Try to switch it up a bit and have some healthy snacks rather than crisps or chocolate and before you go to bed at night spend less time on your phone.

Exercise is a great way to stay in shape but keep you mentally well. When you exercise your body releases chemicals called Endorphins. Endorphins are often referred to as a ‘feel good hormone’, in that they trigger a positive feeling in the body. Exercising regularly can help to lift your mood and can also aid sleep.

Make sure you do something you enjoy! Spend time with people whose company you enjoy.

Self-help tips
IF you feel that you need some extra support along the way why not try Silver Cloud. Silver Cloud is a free guided self-help tool that has CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) modules that you can work through. There are modules for low mood, anxiety and panic to name a few. It is simple to join, you just need your university email account.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness means being aware of what is going on both inside and outside of yourself, moment by moment. Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us to enjoy the world around us and to aid calm. There are lots of resources available online that you can utilise in the form of videos or podcasts or simple instructions. Why don’t you give it a go!

Knowing when to get help
Being aware of when you may need some extra support cannot always be easy but speaking about how you feel and getting support can be really beneficial. At times you may find it difficult to concentrate on your university work because of outside pressures, that’s okay no-one is going to judge you for this and staff at the University are here to help. If you are feeling under pressure or struggling in any way you can book an appointment with the Health and Well being Manager,  Nancy Bradley,  to talk through anything that may be bothering you.

The bottom line is University is a fun and exciting time where you can meet new people, experience new things and gain knowledge. If there is something preventing you from experiencing it to the full then support is there.

References: NHS – mindfulness & Student minds website