58% of people in tech suffer from the imposter syndrome

Last week we attended the Women of Silicon Roundabout conference in London which aims to inspire, celebrate and connect women working in technology.

Through inspirational keynotes, panel discussions and career development workshops, industry experts shared their experiences of championing women and gave us ideas on how to accelerate our own careers.

One talk which really resonated with us was on the imposter syndrome.  According to a study from workplace social media site Blind, 58% of people with technology-focused careers suffer from imposter syndrome and it’s estimated that 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at one point in their lives.  It is far more common that you might think – and that perhaps was reflected in the fact that the room on the day was full to capacity, with many people having to stand or sit on the floor!
The imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behaviour where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalised fear of being exposed as a fraud.

How do you tackle the imposter syndrome?  Our key takeaways include:

  • Realising the importance of mentorship
  • Developing the abilities to recognise your current skills and expertise and therefore identify where you might need upskilling
  • Remembering what you do well and not being afraid to talk about it
  • Exploring how to challenge your current mindset and change your thinking

At P&P Coaching, we recognise that the imposter syndrome is something that affects many of us.  We recently hosted a webinar on this topic, with expert Dr Terri Simpkins.  Contact us (info@pandpcoaching.co.uk) if you’d like to find out more.

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