The impostor syndrome: a psychological pattern in which you doubt your achievements, have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud” and / or feel that you only succeeded by luck rather than talent. Every CodeBoxx’s participants feel this at some point during the bootcamp. In fact, and it is true no matter what field you are in, whether you are a green recruit or an experienced executive, it is absolutely normal to feel inexperienced sometimes. The worst aspect of impostor syndrome is that it can limit your courage and your willingness to seek new opportunities, explore areas of potential interest and put yourself forward. The intensity and duration of CodeBoxx’s bootcamp only exacerbates this sensation and condenses it within a few months.
One of the important things to remember in order to negotiate with your imposter syndrome is to remember that you are not alone. This is where CodeBoxx plays an important role. Simply talking about it with your mentor coach, our human resources team or your bootcamp teammates will help you normalize your feelings and reassure you that you are not facing this alone. In addition, the previous experience of our team will remind you that you are not the first to go through this. Being able to count on your friends / family as a support network is also an important aspect of the bootcamp.
Here are 3 other tips for dealing with this syndrome:
Find out what makes you who you are
Recognize your strengths and weaknesses, understand what makes you different: your thinking style your approach to problems, etc. You have to think about the unique elements that you bring to a group. Having and sharing a different perspective is a quality sought after by employers. This can’t be more relevant in a field in constant evolution like the tech sector.
Get used to getting out of your comfort zone
The main problem with impostor syndrome is the comparison between what you know and what you think others know. Although quite normal, this comparison is wrong because you do not experience the difficulties and pitfalls of others and you do not know what they do not know. It is similar to what we can see on Instagram: you see the holidays, the beautiful cars and the relationships of everyone, but you do not see the other side of the coin: the doubts, the anxieties and the other weak points.
You see the success or intelligence of others and fear that you will not be able to reach the same level. It is natural to watch what you have yet to learn, compare yourself to people who already know all this and feel inferior or that you will never get to this point. The key is to understand that there will always be more to learn. At CodeBoxx, we keep saying it: when you enter the tech world, you become a lifelong student and must have that attitude that will keep you wanting to learn more! Your inexperience must fuel your desire for growth and learning.
Track and recognize your accomplishments
Looking back on your successes can remind you of how far you’ve gone through and how good you really are. In this sense, a useful exercise is to take a specific moment at the end of each month to update and add your achievements to a portfolio or to your personal notes. Even if something didn’t work, if you’ve tried something outside of your comfort zone, write it down. It was a growth experience.
You should also take a few minutes to reflect on past accomplishments and add to previous months that you will remember. Don’t just write and read them – really think about what happened in this achievement and how you felt about it. This is an exercise that will also be very useful when the time comes to update your resume and your Linked In profile.
At the end of the day, remember that you are worth it. A programming bootcamp is not an insurmountable obstacle – if you put the necessary efforts into it and are 100% committed, nothing can stop you!