Career Changers & Impostor Syndrome: Leveraging Your Unique Strengths

Career Changers & Impostor Syndrome: Leveraging Your Unique Strengths

It's very common for Impostor Syndrome to impact career changers, especially in their first dev role. Instead of going into the job with a deficit mindset, let’s talk about the unique skills you bring to the table that you’ve honed throughout your previous experiences.

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'Tine Zekis (she/her/hers)

January 08, 2019
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  1. Career Changers & Imposter Syndrome: LEVERAGING YOUR UNIQUE STRENGTHS

  2. 'Tine Zekis (she/her/hers) u Career changer u Former educator u

    Mid-level software engineer @tinezekis
  3. Imposter Syndrome u A thought pattern in which a person

    diminishes their own accomplishments, often attributing their successes to luck* u This is coupled with a fear of being discovered to be a ”fraud”, or not as capable as they appear to be* u Imposter Syndrome affects people at all stages of their careers * Paraphrased from Wikipedia
  4. Career Changers & Imposter Syndrome It’s tough to be new

    There are times when you feel you don’t belong Some of your colleagues have been coding since high school!
  5. Deficit Mindset u I’ve never done this u I don’t

    know much about that u One day, they’ll all realize that I don’t know what I’m doing
  6. Ditch the Deficit Mindset u Let’s stop thinking about what

    you don’t have (yet) u What are your unique talents? u What are your transferable skills?
  7. Example: Former Math Teacher u Public speaking u Justice work

    u Explaining technical concepts u “I’m a developer who speaks human.”
  8. So, What about You?

  9. What Are the Skills You Bring? CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    PATTERN RECOGNITION CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING PERSUASION
  10. Being New Is an Asset, Too! u Fresh eyes u

    Asking new questions u Looking at things with a different perspective
  11. Awesome Dev Teams Aren’t just looking for a good fit…

  12. Awesome Dev Teams Are looking for a good ADD!

  13. Strut Source: www.nyfw.com via www.giphy.com

  14. Thank You u ‘Tine Zekis u @tinezekis u tinezekis@gmail.com