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Tackling Imposter Syndrome as a Senior

A few weeks ago, one of my classes had a guest speaker who shared some helpful tips for applying for jobs. Not only was it insightful, but it was also reassuring.

These past few weeks have been incredibly overwhelming. Looking at job listings on LinkedIn sparks a sense of fear and doubt. I often ask myself ‘Am I qualified for this job?’, ‘If I get it, will I regret my decision?’. However, after listening to the guest speaker, I realized that all those feelings of hesitance and curiosity are completely normal.

Over the years, I have often doubted my skills and compared my amateur work to my peers. When you work with incredibly talented people every day, the feeling of uncertainty can take a toll on your confidence. However, the speaker’s insight about the industry and how to get your foot in the door ignited my optimism.

I think one of the biggest things I am worried about is getting an interview. Most employers only look at your resume for a few minutes. So, for me, it has been difficult choosing projects of mine that I feel will get their attention and showcase my experience. However, the speaker expressed that the projects you do in class are worthy of being shown. It is also important to note that these do not exclusively have to be school work; projects could include hobbies, jobs and freelance assignments. Additionally, your personality is as important as your projects. He stated that finding a clever way to showcase who you are will help to get you an interview.

Finally, he finished his presentation by stating that it will all work out in the end. Almost everybody has experienced this feeling and made it out on the other side. Not only will you make it out, but you will thrive doing so.

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