Received a rejection? What it means for you and what to do next

A rejection can seem like a bitter setback at first, especially if you have prepared intensively for an application. But don’t let it get you down! It’s important to understand that a rejection is not the end of the world and certainly doesn’t say anything about your personal value.

Here we would like to give you a few tips on how to best deal with such a situation and what you can take away from it.

  • Don’t take it personally: First of all, it is important not to take the rejection personally. The reasons for a rejection are often beyond your control. Perhaps there were simply a lot of applicants or the requirements have changed. This does not mean that you are not good enough.
  • Reflection and feedback: Use the rejection as an opportunity for reflection. Ask for feedback on why it didn’t work out. This feedback is worth its weight in gold, as it will help you to present yourself better in the future and adapt your strategies. Be open to constructive criticism and use it as an opportunity for personal and professional development.
  • Recognize the learning process: Every experience, even a rejection, is part of your learning process. It shows you where you are already strong and in which areas you can still improve. Use this as an incentive to work on these points and develop yourself further.
  • Develop new perspectives: Consider the rejection as an opportunity to rethink your goals and aspirations. It may open your eyes to other, exciting paths that you hadn’t considered before.
  • Build resilience: Resilience, or mental toughness, is an important skill. It helps you to overcome setbacks and emerge stronger from them. Every rejection makes you a little more resilient.
  • Keep going: Don’t give up! Use what you have learned to plan your next steps. Stay motivated and focused. Every rejection brings you a little closer to your goal as long as you learn from it and keep going.

Remember that success is often a question of time and perseverance. Every setback is an opportunity to learn and grow. Take advantage of it!