02 Apr, 2024

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Strategies for Career Wellbeing by Elena Prodan

The concept of Imposter Syndrome has become increasingly relevant in today's challenging times. But what exactly does Imposter Syndrome entail? It's a phenomenon many of us experience—a persistent feeling of self-doubt about our work accomplishments, making us feel like phonies who don't deserve our jobs. It manifests as a nagging voice telling us, ‘You don't deserve this success’ or ‘You are not good enough.’


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Imposter Syndrome presents itself in various ways, but common characteristics include self-doubt in your skills and competence, belief that you are a fraud, perfectionism, experiencing overwork and burnout, isolation from team members, low self-esteem, stress, setting impossibly high standards for ourselves.


Facing Imposter Syndrome head-on requires a multifaceted approach. Here are six empowering strategies that can guide you on your journey to overcoming these feelings and fostering career wellbeing:



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1. Make a list of accomplishments

Make a list of accomplishments every single day. When you start to write all of them, categorise them, it can be big and small achievements. Avoid judgement, simply acknowledge the things you are doing well, making a mental note of your success. 


2. Seek support

Open up about your feelings to trusted friends, family, or mentors. Professional guidance from therapists can also offer a tailored approach to navigating these feelings. Vocalising your experiences can provide perspective and support, and personalised strategies can help develop coping mechanisms and cultivate a greater sense of self-worth.