Share Your Experiences with Impostor Syndrome
Kathryn Grayson Nanz Jun 15 '17
I'm currently prepping a talk called Overcoming Impostor Syndrome for a development conference, and ever since my proposal was accepted, I've had lots of devs come up to me (in person or via email / Twitter) and share their personal experiences and stories about dealing with impostor syndrome in their own careers. There are TONS of developers at every skill and experience level who have felt underqualified when they really weren't, or like they were just faking it and hadn't been caught yet.
The response I've gotten to this topic so far has really moved and inspired me (and I haven't even given the talk yet!) For this reason, I want to try and collect some of these stories, to show that this experience is VERY normal and developers who feel this way aren't alone – especially junior devs.
If this resounds with you, could you leave a comment below, sharing your experiences with impostor syndrome? Maybe a time when you felt particularly like the novice one in a group, or just the attitude / techniques you've developed to push past the feeling. I think it would be really powerful to have a ton of responses, showing just how many of us have felt this way / still feel this way.
It has been about 5 months now. Since I started making the change to pursue graphics programming. I have done a ton of work in that time. Between school and learning a new language and studying a whole lot of math. And in this time, I have decided why not start documenting my process.