22 years and still faking it...

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Impostor Syndrome

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What is impostor syndrome?

... referring to high-achieving individuals marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Some studies suggest that impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women

Impostor syndrome in my life?

Staying at a job that is boring, tedious, or...

soul-sucking​

 

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Impostor syndrome in my life? (cont'd)

Worry folks will find out I am a fraud because I'm...

faking it.

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My jobs

New York State - Department of Social Services  1996 - 2000

New York City - Human Resources Administration 2000 - 2008

Sony Music  2008 - 2010

Zagat Survey 2010 - 2011

Google 2011 - 2014

Johnson & Johnson  2014

IDT Telecommunications  2014 - 2015

Phase2 Technology  2015 - 2016

United States Digital Service  2016-present

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Jobs that were soul sucking

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New York State - Department of Social Services  1996 - 2000

New York City - Human Resources Administration ​ 2000 - 2008

Sony Music  2008 - 2010

Zagat Survey ​ 2010 - 2011

Google ​ 2011 - 2014

Johnson & Johnson  2014

IDT Telecommunications  2014 - 2015

Phase2 Technology  2015 - 2016

United States Digital Service  2016-present

Jobs where I was faking it

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New York State - Department of Social Services  1996 - 2000

New York City - Human Resources Administration ​ 2000 - 2008

Sony Music  2008 - 2010

Zagat Survey 2010 - 2011

Google 2011 - 2014

Johnson & Johnson  2014

IDT Telecommunications  2014 - 2015

Phase2 Technology  2015 - 2016

United States Digital Service  2016-present

Languages I've written professionally

Perl

PHP

Javascript

SQL

C++

Python

Ruby

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Languages I feel I am an expert in

Perl

PHP

Javascript

SQL

C++

Python

Ruby

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Frameworks I've used professionally

Drupal

Angular.JS

Django

Ruby on Rails

Node.js

React.js

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Frameworks I feel I am an expert in

Drupal (5.x & 6.x)

Angular.JS (1.x maybe)

Django

Ruby on Rails

Node.js

React.js

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Communities I've been part of

Drupal NYC

Angular NYC

NYC.rb

Brooklyn.js

NYC.js

NodeDC

Alexandria / DC Code & Coffee

DC RUG

Arlington Ruby

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Communities that I've been an organizer

Drupal NYC

Angular NYC

NYC.rb

Brooklyn.js

NYC.js

NodeDC

Alexandria / DC Code & Coffee

DC RUG

Arlington Ruby

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Evolve (impostor syndrome coping strategy)

  • Stay abreast of current trends
    • listen to podcasts
    • read blogs
    • follow thought leaders on social media...
  • Stay on target, learn one new skill at time
    • technology
    • framework
    • language
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Evolve (impostor syndrome coping strategy)

  • Become a part of communities
    • go to meetups
    • attend conferences
    • attend social networking events
  • Fake it in public
    • host a lunch and learn
    • present at meetups
    • contribute at conferences
    • become an organizer
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Thanks & Goodnight

My name is Robbie Holmes

RobbieTheGeek everywhere on the interwebs

http://robbiethegeek.com

I am a digital service expert for the

United States Digital Service (USDS)

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Impostor Syndrome

By Robbie Holmes

Impostor Syndrome

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