There are many competencies and qualities we desire in a BBC graduate. He should be a critical thinker and a problem solver; creative, communicative and collaborative. He should also be curious, willing to take initiative, persistent and adaptable. He should possess leadership qualities along with spiritual, social and cultural awareness. He should be able to love and be loved.
To be all of these things, he must first be ‘Confident’.
What is confidence? To be confident is to have an optimistic outlook on life. It is to be trusting and trustworthy. It is not arrogant or selfish but self-assured and self-aware. It is to be comfortable in one’s own skin and in the company of others.
Shakespeare wrote on self-confidence, “Our doubts are traitors and cause us to miss the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” We want BBC boys to have the confidence to banish self-doubt and to have a go and not to fear failure.
We want a BBC boy to have the confidence to be able to talk to just about anyone, in just about any situation and on just about any topic. He will be able to demonstrate sympathy and empathy towards others.
We want our young men to be confident that the education they have received at BBC has prepared them well to thrive and succeed in higher education and in their chosen careers.
We want our graduates to be confident to have the courage to take the initiative even when experiencing anxiety and facing risk.
We want our young men to have the confidence to bounce back from adversity and accept challenges with equanimity and poise.