At some point or another, Imposter Syndrome has probably affected you and it’s a feeling unlike any other. It tears you down and within seconds can make you feel unsure, gives you such uncertainty and makes you question why you’re even in the role you’re in to begin with. We’ve all probably experienced this self-doubt that has loomed over us as IT professionals for quite some time. But like everything else there are ways to overcome it, ways to beat that uncertainty and thrive in our projects, day to day tasks and more. I’d love to share some of my tips with you in combating IT Imposter Syndrome.
Remind Yourself Who You Are
I would be lying if I said I’ve never experienced imposter syndrome, but years ago I faced it just like the rest of us. Even early in my career I faced it head-on. I was working as a Network Technician and IT was a huge move for me. But more often than not, I found myself questioning my abilities. Did I belong here? The answer to all of it was yes. It took me a while but I knew as my skills grew, my confidence would also and after that first year or two it did. Early on I learned this and it’s something to this day that’s still applicable, and something that I’ll continue to pass onto today’s generation of upcoming IT professionals.
Defeat self-doubt before it even enters your head. I know it’s a lot easier said than done, but close your mind off to the negativity and self-doubt and only allow growth and confidence to consume you. In doing so you’ll become a stronger professional. That confidence will carry with you – not just into whatever task or project you’re working on – but whatever else may follow. Over time these skills and beliefs will grow as you grow. From completing tasks to reaching out and challenging yourself to harder problems to troubleshoot. Or even offering to take on new projects outside of your comfort zone, which can further strengthen your abilities in whatever role you’re in or advance to in the future.
Why You’re Here In The First Place
It’s very easy to face self-doubt. It’s another to question why an organization would even hire you in the first place. I’ll equate this to something my old boss told me years ago when working in retail. We weren’t selling products, cables, etc. We were selling our services to others. I’m worth 200 bucks, are you? The question was simple. Are you worth every penny that client is going to pay for your time, your knowledge, etc? The answer was even easier – absolutely. I carry that same mentality with me to this day. Your organization choose you out of everyone because they see something in you. Be it the knowledge, experience, passion, drive or all of them. They choose you cause you were the best fit and have what it takes to get the job done.
Always Ask Questions No Matter What
Some may look at it as a matter of pride, others may just be afraid to ask what they may feel is a “dumb” question. But in reality, there’s no such a thing. We all face different tasks we may not have the answer too and there’s tons of different resources available for us to reference in those events. More often than not, asking the right questions and utilizing those resources can further us ahead and only help us in achieving our goals or something much greater.
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