Mindfulness

Am I an impostor?

I am at the point in my life where I feel the need for a career change, you know, something new and exciting. After successfully completing my bachelors, I started applying to jobs in the field of social sciences. I love research, particularly social science research. I have worked my butt off to gain experience and exposure through internships and mentorships with people in the field. This combined with all my other work experiences makes me a good candidate for most clinical research assistant jobs. 

However, there have been times I applied to jobs that match my qualifications yet I feel like I’m impersonating someone else or I don’t have the education and experience to even be considered. It is like there a teeny tiny voice in my head that keep making me doubt myself and my abilities. I actually self-sabotaged myself at a job interview without intending to. This is what Imposter Syndrome feels like. You feel you are not qualified to be in the space you are in or share the same space with certain people. You feel the people there belong but you don’t because you are pretending to be something you are not. It may seem irrational to some but it is very real to you.

Recently, I have become more aware of my feelings and certain things that may trigger some of my self-doubt on my part. If you ever felt this way can you share with me how you were able to overcome it? What are some measures you took to help with this situation? Below is a TedTalk video on Imposter Syndrome and some ways to combat it.

 

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