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How to BEAT Developer Imposter Syndrome?

Do you FEEL like you are working in the Wrong Industry? Or maybe feel like a Fake Developer because you are Not an Expert as your coworkers are, and you are Stuck when you can’t understand the codes written by other developers and can’t understand half of the technology they were talking about. 

If Yes, then welcome to Developer’s World!

Jokes apart, the feeling of self-doubt or being caught as a Fake programmer is called Imposter Syndrome. This imposter syndrome swallows many freshers’ careers. Still, you needn’t worry because you landed in the Right Place to Kill This Monster.

Today, we will tell you HOW this imposter syndrome develops in the programmer, WHAT problems it causes, and How to Overcome this Negativity and Increase Productivity. This video contains the best solutions for this syndrome, so watch it entirely to avoid missing a single.

So, you want Solutions to it?

But every answer has a question or vice versa. To get the Keys, we first need to Determine WHAT Causes the Imposter Syndrome and its Symptoms and Effects.

Firstly, we all know software development is a field where Technologies are Endless. Everyone wants to learn as much as possible because everyone wants to be an expert software developer. The real problem starts here itself.

The Main Reason behind the imposter syndrome is when you see someone’s proficiency in technology or concept, and you start feeling inferior, You Compare Yourself, you start Doubting Yourself.

You FEAR that you don’t have that knowledge about the idea of technology they know.

This fear gives birth to the devil, and it gradually becomes imposter syndrome. Now, the biggest question in your mind is, Am I the Victim of It?

Well, let’s find out.

Symptoms of Imposter Syndrome

• Feeling Extremely Nervous, when you see the job requirements list like you must know (Angular JS, Agile Methodology, Python, GIT, JavaScript, SASS, building tools, etc.) and you say I don’t fit in the job description by only looking at its requirements.

You Get Completely Staggered when you are asked to work on a new project, or maybe your manager asks you to write new features where you don’t know half of the technologies your colleagues are talking about.

• Fear of Attending the Seminars or Training or Tech Meetup where all the developers were asking questions or doing some debates on the latest technologies and popular tools, you may be feeling silent in the seminar due to fear.

Last but not the least

• You might have scrolled Stack Overflow or another developer community site to check some answers or for inspiration, and you instantly switched the tab because you feel that your manager is behind you and feel extremely Fearful of Being Fired From the Job.

Comment below if you have any symptoms. 

How Imposter Syndrome Affects Developers 

• Imposter syndrome affects the Productivity of a developer, which eventually affects the whole development industry. The victim takes more stress, feels depressed, or anxiety breaks him.

• After this syndrome, developers either Quit Their Job after starting in it or Switch to Another. Some newbies don’t take the courage to enter the industry due to this feeling, the industry losing precious talents.

Before heading towards the solutions, I must clarify one more question that any new or junior developer’s minds pose; Am I the Only One Facing These Problems?

And the answer is FLAT NO!

This is quite a familiar feeling in software development. Not only do beginners or junior developers face this problem, but the people who have been experienced and doing coding for decades have also climbed the same step at where you are now. 

In research, it was found that the employees working in top-notch companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple face the imposter syndrome.

Now come to the point!

How to Beat Imposter Syndrome

Make a Habit of Being Uncomfortable 

Yes, you heard it proper software development is a field where nobody knows everything; everyone is a learner here. If you are a beginner or experienced, you know technologies are endless. Always something to learn, and you can’t understand all the technologies or frameworks or tools which are coming out every day. Don’t become hectic by seeing anyone’s proficiency in a specific domain or technology, and it doesn’t mean that they know everything. Maybe they don’t know what you know, so don’t compare. Accept the truth that you can not be an expert in software development, and you will always find someone better than you. So, don’t become depressed by seeing someone’s intelligence; instead, focus on learning and getting better every day.

Understand the Job Requirements

We already told you people become lost when they see substantial job descriptions. Try to understand the job description and requirements clearly. Their vast list doesn’t necessarily mean that you must know all the technologies mentioned in the list. It is just for reference that you either know their basics or are ready to learn them. So, don’t be afraid to learn the job.

Don’t Hesitate to ask for Support from Seniors

Talk to your senior and ask the question when you feel like you don’t know something. Don’t feel dumb while asking help when stuck in code, algorithm, or design choice. It’s pretty normal to ask for help.

Analyze Your Achievements

Keep track of your achievements like what you have learned till now, how you solved your first programming problem, how you dealt with new technologies and many more. These things will give you a positive boost and help you weaken the monster.

Make goals every month, add new skills in your chart, analyze them with previous accomplishments, take inspiration, and feel positive. This thing will not only kill the imposter syndrome but also help you to boost your resume. 

Make Basics Clear

Fundamentals are essential for new languages and frameworks. New tools are always shiny and attract developers, but for only those whose foundations are strong. For example, there is no meaning to learn to react library if you aren’t good at JavaScript or ES6.

If you gapped some technologies or frameworks, your command on fundamentals would help you pick it up. So, don’t rush towards new technologies before clearing the basics. These basics will give you confidence that you are aware of the thing you are working on.

Let’s get a quick recap of what we covered for better understanding.

Imposter Syndrome takes birth when a developer becomes nervous and confused about his career and falls into self-doubt that, I am a fake developer? It gradually increases the mind’s negativity and decreases productivity, leading developers to quit their jobs or switch to another industry.   

We covered its symptoms like anxiety, self-doubt, nervousness, and depression. Then we talked about how the industry loses precious talents by this monster rather than its solutions. We can defeat it by not comparing ourselves with others, increasing engagements with seniors, and clearing basics.

Conclusion

And I again tell you that you are not alone in this world to suffer from the syndrome, but you need to understand that it’s normal doubting yourself, your accomplishments, and feeling like a fake developer. It doesn’t matter that you know or don’t know everything all the time; instead, how curious you are to learn new things. You don’t need to run away from Imposter syndrome. Just take it as an opportunity to learn something new. So, are you ready to fight it? Comment down below. How will you kill this monster?

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