ProLearner Sandra Barros Shares her Start-up story
By Aditi Bhat
Meet Sandra Barros, a self-driven entrepreneur who offers personality development and image management services. She works with several professionals as well as students and trains them through various interactive personal development methods. The desire to do something different motivated Sandra to give her 20-year corporate career a break to start Barros Image Consultancy. Does she regret taking such a huge risk? Absolutely not!
Sandra, who is a certified Image Consultant and has trained thousands of individuals for the corporate world, strongly recommends that everyone should focus on self-development and growth. Being a staunch believer of the writer and leadership speaker, Robin S Sharma’s ideology of investing in oneself, Sandra knew that she had to bring in some positive changes in herself before helping others.
That is when Sandra decided to enrol as an Image Consultant. The training strengthened her belief that it is important to manage your image and develop your skills to meet customer expectations, build trust and eventually become successful. With the aim to enhance her professional knowledge in emerging fields as well, she signed up for Manipal ProLearn’s Digital Marketing course. The course was recommended to her by a friend and the study format was as per her expectations – a classroom set-up coupled with hands-on practical training. She successfully completed ProLearn’s Digital Marketing program, which further helped her enhance her digital marketing and entrepreneurial skills.
Invest in yourself
Quoting Heraclitus, Sandra said, “Change is the only constant.” According to her, it is a necessity in the modern world to constantly upgrade your knowledge and skills as per the changing requirements. It is the best investment you can make. Making an effort to learn and bringing a positive change in your life through experience will help you make a difference in both your professional and personal life.
Overcoming entrepreneurship hurdles
Running a business is certainly not a cakewalk. Sandra too had her low moments while setting up her business. So how did she overcome these challenges? Sandra believes that self-discipline and focus are two qualities that help sail through testing times. She is of the opinion that if one door closes, you will always find another one. The key is to stay positive and keep working hard.
As Sandra has helped thousands of professionals discover their positives and work on them, we took the opportunity to ask her what the most-sought skill in the market is today. Sandra was quick to answer that in today’s cut-throat business world, corporates look for employees possessing great communication skills and work ethics. Reading about the journey of successful entrepreneurs, their stories, and networking with people is her mantra of growing.
Word to aspiring entrepreneurs
Sandra’s also had some advice for our growing entrepreneur aspirants. She said, “Sometimes you may not see immediate results despite putting in efforts. Don’t let that deter you. Keep nurturing your skills and adding value to your business.”
As an Image Consultant, Sandra has trained over 1100 individuals, including students, on various aspects of image management and has been an individual consultant for doctors, businesspersons, working professionals, homemakers and graduating students since December 2013.
Sandra is a certified soft skills trainer accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and curriculum partner Conselle Institute of Image Management, USA. She is also certified for Train the Trainer program accreditated by National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), one of the constituent boards of Quality Council of India. Sandra is trained and certified as an Image Consultant from Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI) and is also a faculty at the institute.
With an eye for detail and a desire to learn new things, this is just the beginning for Sandra! We wish her the best in her future endeavors.
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