Impostor syndrome: Curse or blessing in disguise.

Ann Wangari Mwangi (Developer), Thoughtworks


In the tech industry there are many people who are really good at what they do. The more time one spends in the industry the more they feel that they know very little. One may feel like they are a fraud and soon their work mates may actually find out, that they are not worthy to be in their respective positions. Some quit their dream careers because of this impostor syndrome. I would like to share about my struggle with this syndrome and encourage others to press on, and to turn their feelings of in adequacy to positive energy.

Work and Career / Solo / Impart wisdom / Inspiring / Intermediate

Event: Nairobi

Hashtags: #impostorsyndromeintech

Best for: Developers, designers, business analysts

Speaker country: Uganda

Questions this session will answer:

Am I actually good at my work as other people tell me?
Am I a fraud at what I do?
How can I manage to feel better about what I do?
Are there other people who feel the same way as I do?

Speaker qualifications:

Since I started practising as a software developer, I have met people who write "magic code". When I look at these applications it makes me feel like am not worthy being called a developer, like am a fraud. For some time I even stopped writing code, but in my heart I really missed writing code.Anytime I wrote code or spoke about programming, people liked it but I thought they were just being polite. It was then that I heard about the impostor syndrome, and realised that I was suffering from it.I would like to talk to people so that if anyone doubts themselves like I used to (I still do sometimes), then I can encourage them to continue practicing whatever skill they are doing, because they are probably better than they think they are. I would also like to spread the word so that if anyone knows a friend who has impostor syndrome then they can help them change what they feel.

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