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Unmasking Imposter Syndrome

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Talk from the inaugural Lead Dev Austin meetup.

Tech is a fertile ground for imposter syndrome -- technologies and tools change quickly, its practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds, and the evolving job landscape, roles, and titles aren't always clearly defined. All of this (and more) contributes to feelings of imposter syndrome. I'd like to talk about why imposter syndrome is so prevalent, ways to deal with it, and how we as a community can do better to support those who feel imposter syndrome and help to curtail its impact.

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Unmasking Imposter Syndrome

  1. 1. Unmasking Imposter Syndrome Caitlin Hudon | @beeonaposy Lead Dev Austin Meetup
  2. 2. About me ● Not an expert ● Data scientist ● Always learning https://xkcd.com/1954/
  3. 3. What is imposter syndrome? Why is imposter syndrome so prevalent in tech? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as individuals? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as a community?
  4. 4. Imposter syndrome: A collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success
  5. 5. What is imposter syndrome? Why is imposter syndrome so prevalent in tech? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as individuals? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as a community?
  6. 6. DATA SCIENCE IS A NEW FIELD “Business analyst” “Data analyst” “Research scientist”
  7. 7. DATA SCIENCE IS A COMBINATION OF OTHER FIELDS + Data analysis + Statistics + Software engineering + Machine learning + Visualization + Database administration + Business acumen Machine Learning 101 deck
  8. 8. DATA SCIENCE IS CONSTANTLY EXPANDING
  9. 9. What we see Reality
  10. 10. What is imposter syndrome? Why is imposter syndrome so prevalent in tech? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as individuals? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as a community?
  11. 11. https://twitter.com/ithinkwellHugh/status/954159511425646597
  12. 12. https://larahogan.me/donuts/
  13. 13. I will never be able to learn everything there is to know in data science — I will never know every algorithm, every technology, every cool package, or even every language — and that’s okay.
  14. 14. Acknowledge your feelings. Track your wins. Shift your perspective. Focus on positive feedback. Be realistic (and get started).
  15. 15. What is imposter syndrome? Why is imposter syndrome so prevalent in tech? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as individuals? How can we deal with imposter syndrome as a community?
  16. 16. Fake it ‘til you make it
  17. 17. I don’t know.
  18. 18. CONTACT
  19. 19. https://jvns.ca/blog/2017/04/27/no-feigning-surprise/
  20. 20. https://jvns.ca/blog/2017/04/27/no-feigning-surprise/
  21. 21. We can embrace both being knowledgeable and not knowing things — and do so in public.
  22. 22. Don’t fake it til you make it. Get comfortable with ‘I don’t know’. No feigning surprise. Compliment good work. Ask & encourage questions. Be transparent about your journey.
  23. 23. Thank you! Caitlin Hudon @beeonaposy caitlinhudon.com

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