Hi! I'm Carol

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I'm a frontend software engineer
at Capital One and community organiser.

How to train your impostor

What is impostor syndrome?

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Brains are rubbish 🧠👎

🔗 Wikipedia - List of cognitive biases

Humans are bad at self assessment

Dunning Kruger effect

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Impostor syndrome

Maya Angelou
I have written 11 books but each time I think: 'Uh-oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out.'

My experience

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Is it all luck?

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Am I a diversity hire?

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If you are indeed a fraud, how are you managing to fool all the smart people around you?


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How do we get over it?

Get feedback

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Talk to people about it

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Keep a yay list!

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I don't know, but I'll figure it out.

Be kind to yourself

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You wouldn't talk to a friend like you talk to yourself

Thank you! 💛✨