Hey y’all, it’s your favorite software developer and mom here. I had a pretty upsetting phone call today with a family member that left me feeling rather crummy about myself. So today, I want to talk about a topic that hits close to home for me and many other women in the tech industry: imposter syndrome.
What is Imposter Syndrome
If you’re not familiar with imposter syndrome, it’s when you feel like you don’t belong or are constantly questioning your abilities, despite evidence of your competence. It’s a common feeling among high-achieving individuals, and it’s especially prevalent in fields like software development, where there is a stereotype that you need to be a genius to succeed.
The Challenges of Being a Woman in Tech
As a woman in the tech industry, I have definitely felt imposter syndrome at various points in my career. It can be especially tough when you look around and see so few other women in your field. It’s easy to start doubting yourself and wondering if you really belong.
But it’s not always easy to ask for help, especially when you feel like you should already know the answer. I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve been afraid to ask a question because I didn’t want to seem dumb or inexperienced. But the truth is, everyone has to ask questions at some point, and it’s actually a sign of intelligence to seek out more information.
Another way I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome is by comparing myself to others. It’s easy to see someone who seems to be crushing it in their career and think, “Wow, they must be so much smarter than me.” But the reality is that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, and it’s not productive to compare ourselves to others.
Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
One thing that has really helped me combat imposter syndrome is finding a supportive community. Whether it’s other women in tech or just a group of friends who believe in my abilities, having people who can lift me up and remind me of my worth has been crucial in helping me overcome those moments of doubt.
The Power of Journaling and Writing
One tool that has really helped me combat imposter syndrome is journaling. Taking the time to sit down and write out my thoughts and feelings can be incredibly therapeutic and helps me process my emotions. It also allows me to reflect on my successes and accomplishments, which can be especially helpful when I’m feeling down on myself.
I’ve also found that writing out my goals and creating a plan for achieving them can give me a sense of control and direction in my career. It helps me focus on what I want to achieve and gives me something concrete to work towards.
Journaling and writing can be powerful tools for managing imposter syndrome and building confidence. It’s a way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper, which can help you process and make sense of them.
It’s also important to remember that everyone has bad days, and it’s okay to not be perfect all the time. No one expects you to know everything, and it’s okay to admit when you don’t know something. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to learn and grow.
You Belong in Tech
If you’re struggling with imposter syndrome, know that you are not alone. It’s a common feeling, and it’s okay to have those moments of doubt. But don’t let it hold you back. Remember your worth and the value you bring to the table. Seek out a supportive community and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You belong in this field, and you are capable of achieving great things. Keep pushing forward and don’t let imposter syndrome hold you back.