I started coding later in life. After a few years spent teaching in a secondary school in London, I knew I wanted a new challenge. My main teaching subject was Geography, but alongside this, I also taught Graphic Design. Enjoying the design element of the subject, I looked for career paths which would allow me to be creative and make things with real utility. It was this line of thinking that lead me to purchase an intro to HTML and CSS textbook.
Over the last year, I have definitely made progress in overcoming my fear of public speaking. Since joining Lightcurve in July 2018, I have represented Lisk at a variety of meetups and conferences, as well as speaking on podcasts and vlogs about the network. Although I can still get nervous, I also really enjoy it as well. Hearing or watching myself back is still a bit cringe, but I am learning to let go of this, slowly!
Switching roles and adopting new marketing and community-building skills, whilst at the same time learning about the complexities of blockchain technology.
Ask for their opinions and seek their advice. Making people feel valued and useful goes a long way to help overcome imposter syndrome. Be mindful of the different paths people may have taken into tech. If they aren’t aware of certain aspects of development, it doesn't mean they are stupid, just that they might not have been coding when this was prominent. Most importantly be kind and value the insight that underrepresented groups bring.
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