Believe it or not, thousands of established professionals believe they’re not truly qualified for the role they hold — even with years of experience. Why is that?
Imposter syndrome is an all-encompassing feeling where an individual feels like they’re not good enough, not qualified enough, or not skilled enough for the accomplishments they’ve had so far, believing that others will eventually discover the “fraud” of their success. From CEOs to entry-level professionals, at one point or another, almost everyone feels like they may not be good enough.
According to an article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some point in their careers. Have you ever experienced any of the following? If so, your negative perceptions about your own work ethic and worth may be impacting you more than you know.
- Avoiding feedback or support
- Second-guessing decisions
- Overworking to prove yourself
- Struggling to start or finish projects
Christine O’Halloran, Curriculum Engineer for the Career Services team from Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand, discussed this psychological phenomenon in-depth, offering useful tips to help those struggling with impostor syndrome and real-world examples to keep in mind while on the job search.