Post-Grad Imposter Syndrome Is A Real Thing

post-grad imposter syndrome

I know what you’re thinking, I have to worry about post-grad imposter syndrome? I know, but it’s a very real thing and something that I still struggle with!

By now, you’ve probably heard about post-grad depression. It’s something that I’m incredibly passionate about because I was blindsided by it when I graduated. After overcoming that, I’ve noticed that post-grad imposter syndrome is a thing too. So, what is it? Post-grad imposter syndrome is when you feel like you’ll be exposed as a fraud. Perhaps you think people at work might expose you as being unqualified. Another scenario would be grad schools finding out that you’re not actually as smart and capable as you let on in your application. I’m here to tell you that everything will be ok.

Now, I don’t think post-grad imposter syndrome is as bad as it sounds. Actually, it’s quite endearing because I think it comes from a place of humility. However, I think it also comes from a lack of confidence. I know firsthand what it feels like to lack self-confidence. Often you might think you’re not good enough or deserving enough. If you’re like me, this pushes you to do and be better. However, sometimes it causes you to doubt yourself.

When it comes to post-grad imposter syndrome, it’s easy to doubt yourself as a post-grad. Everything is really new and you’re trying to figure out your place in the world. In short, the training wheels are off! However, this impacts people of all ages. I know that I’ve felt it after graduating both times! As a result, you may start to downplay your achievements, which I will tell you right now, don’t do it!

How To Combat Post-Grad Imposter Syndrome

— Something that has helped me is writing down my accomplishments and how I got there. When I get into this whole post-grad imposter syndrome space, I try to take a moment to decipher what’s going one. If it’s pertaining to my resume, I write down all the jobs I’ve held and how I got there. In addition, I try to remember every little thing I’ve done. This acts as evidence for me that I am a capable person.

— Another trick I’ve been doing lately is positive affirmations. I actually really think they work. Honestly, I used to feel a bit silly but once you’ve found something that works for you, it can be worth it. I, personally, like positive affirmation videos on YouTube because it’s like someone telling you positive things and then I repeat after them. I don’t have a favorite yet but I have a couple in my playlist ranging from 10 mins to 1 hour long. Additionally, I have some for mornings and some meant for sleep. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what works.

— Finally, trust that you belong. You got to where you are for a reason and it was because you’re capable. So, trust that those who have selected you did so for the right reason and show them that they made the right decision.

Question of the day: Have you experienced post-grad imposter syndrome? Share in the comments!

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