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Self-worth for Students

Even before the pandemic, students were telling us how self-esteem was impacted by anxiety and non-stop evaluation. Covid has added additional burdens: such as isolation and uncertainty.

Here are some of the current issues, affecting students and young professionals:

 

  • Significant loss of traditional employment opportunities
  • Intense competition for courses, jobs, scholarships, grants etc.
  • Information overwhelm, exhaustion
  • Academic pressures, pressure from parents, social media and peers leaving young people feeling that they must constantly prove their worth via accomplishments
  • Even when surrounded with “resources” and “support”, being very much on your own with your choices and issues
  • Uncertainty about the future, how to navigate all the options ahead
  • Finding work that is meaningful
  • A bewildering array of choices and dilemmas: career/business direction, geography, relationships, identity

Here are some of the current issues, affecting students and young professionals:

 

      • Significant loss of traditional employment opportunities
      • Intense competition for courses, jobs, scholarships, grants etc.
      • Information overwhelm, exhaustion
      • Academic pressures, pressure from parents, social media and peers leaving young people feeling that they must constantly prove their worth via accomplishments
      • Even when surrounded with “resources” and “support”, being very much on your own with your choices and issues
      • Uncertainty about the future, how to navigate all the options ahead
      • Finding work that is meaningful
      • A bewildering array of choices and dilemmas: career/business direction, geography, relationships, identity

KEY SWA INSIGHTS / APPROACH

 

Detach from those evaluations and stories that define your self-esteem: instead learn to shape an unconditional identity

A fresh understanding of self-worth unleashes new energy and fresh perspective

Establish routines of self-care, study and exploration as an expression of self-worth

Find your own voice, rather than living the life that others want you to live. Bring this voice into work life, romance, relationships and leisure

“To love yourself is the beginning of a lifetime romance”

– Oscar Wilde

SELF-WORTH 

 

A sense of loyal, unconditional, friendship with yourself…no matter what is going on inside or outside.

Unlike self-esteem, self-worth is not contingent on meeting expectations: neither those of others nor even of your own.

Self-worth is independent of your performance; it’s a fundamental, unconditional friendship with yourself.

Unlike the fickle friendship of self-esteem, self-worth is a faithful ally in the most challenging of times, on those grey days when you most need to be a friend to you.

A deep sense of self-worth brings joy and freedom to life. By stepping off the hamster wheel of self-esteem, we rebound better from setbacks and find new meaning in what we do.

Services for students and young professionals

The Self-Worth Safari

Key Elements:

– 7 week program with 7 modules which can be delivered in-person or online, preferably as a hybrid

– A teacher’s guide, accompanied by a 1-2 modules for teachers (again either in-person or online)

– Homework to be set between modules: practical steps for students to undertake

– A self-evaluation for students to complete at the beginning and at the end of the program (to be developed)

Skills for students, to improve happiness as well as performance

  1.    Managing stress and anxiety, nurturing resilience and energy
  2.    Building healthy routines for self-care and study, vs. being swamped by deadlines or projects
  3.    Choosing which feedback you take on board, and from whom
  4.    Bouncing back from setbacks, ending the energy-drain of self-reproach
  5.    Learning to communicate needs and requests respectfully
  6.    Implementing healthy boundaries, asking for help
  7.    Dealing with difficult people, strengthening self-worth
  8.     Packaging your strengths into insights, so that you can plan your career from a fresh perspective
  9.    Introducing yourself with impact, making the most of social situations
  10.   Having “explorer conversations”, the power of being interested rather than trying to be interesting
  11.   Systematically eliminating all conditions for self-esteem, instead making choices from a foundation of unconditional self-worth
  12.   Preventing a host of more serious issues, including addiction, self-harm and even suicide

For a confidential session with John, with no obligation, or a talk to a student group, book an exploratory call

ABOUT JOHN NILAND

Self-Worth Academy John Niland

John Niland is widely respected as a professional speaker, as well as being a coach, trainer and author and occasional guest lecturer at business-schools and professional associations. He is best known for his “value-centred” approach to issues in management and business-development, honed over a twenty-year career working with top professionals to enhance the value of their work.

In 2016, a series of personal events led him to write “The Self-Worth Safari”, a book and program to ignite self-worth in individuals and transform their careers, sales, confidence, and personal lives. In 2018, he established The Self-Worth Academy, a global network of professionals passionate about promoting self-worth (and self-awareness) as a foundation for life and work.

John’s previous books include “Hidden Value”, “100 Tips to Find More Time”, “Opportunity Conversations” and “The Courage to Ask” (co-authored with Kate Daly). He is a co-founder of the European Forum of Independent Professionals and previous CEO of Education for the Children, which works with families in Guatemala to break the cycle of poverty. He divides his time between Lisbon, Portugal, and London, England.

“In the School of Business & Law at the University of Brighton, Self-Worth Academy’s discovery session is already now well-embedded into the Foundation Year curriculum and is piquing the interest of other colleagues also working on wellbeing approaches to teaching and learning. Anyone considering introducing this to their students should find it a worthwhile endeavour.”

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DR CLARE FORDER

“If we can bring the sense of self-worth into schools, children will succeed better and have a better future”

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FRANCES REYNOLDS