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Imposter syndrome & how women in tech can combat it

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ARTICLE SUMMARY

Amanda Cole from Roq takes a look at how women in tech and companies can combat imposter syndrome.

Imposter syndrome, the feeling that you’re not good enough and don’t have the correct skills is something we’re hearing about more and more each year.

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Affecting many individuals across various industries, including technology, imposter syndrome can be damaging to an individual. At Roq, we recognise the significance of addressing and mitigating this issue, especially among women in technology. The key to combatting imposter syndrome is to understand the nature of it, its prevalence, and come up with strategies which help to provide a supportive and inclusive work environment.

According to a KPMG study, a staggering 75% of female executives across different sectors have experienced imposter syndrome in their careers. This statistic sheds light on the nature of imposter syndrome and its impact on professionals, particularly women, who often grapple with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt despite their accomplishments.

In the technology industry, where women are underrepresented, the prevalence of imposter syndrome may be even higher. With women in technology often being seen as ‘women in a man’s word’. Statistics back this up, with a Tech Nation study showing that women make up only a small percentage, 26%, of the workforce in tech-related fields. When you’re one of a few in a big pool, the pressure to prove oneself and overcome societal stereotypes can enhance these feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.

To combat imposter syndrome, proactive measures must be taken. At Roq, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive support to our employees. Our dedicated career support managers conduct regular check-ins with our team members, offering guidance, encouragement, and resources to help them navigate challenges and build confidence in their abilities. By fostering a culture of support and mentorship, we aim to empower individuals to overcome imposter syndrome and thrive in their roles.

It’s essential to acknowledge that imposter syndrome can affect individuals of all genders and professions, not just women in the technology industry. However, the unique challenges and societal expectations faced by women in male-dominated fields really underpin the need for targeted interventions and support mechanisms.

In the realm of coding and technology, early exposure to role models and educational opportunities can play a pivotal role in shaping confidence and aspirations. By showcasing diverse representations of success and fostering an inclusive learning environment, we can empower young women to pursue their interests in technology without succumbing to imposter syndrome.

Female role models serve as idols of inspiration and empowerment for aspiring professionals. Within Roq, we are fortunate to have exemplary leaders like Cat Allport, our CMO and Sarah Jane Riggott, our COO, who embody resilience, expertise, and mentorship. By highlighting the achievements and contributions of female role models, we can challenge conventional norms and inspire the next generation of women in technology to pursue their dreams fearlessly.

Even prominent figures like Michelle Obama have openly shared their experiences with imposter syndrome, underscoring its universal nature. Through candid discussions and shared experiences, we can debunk the myth of perfectionism and create a supportive environment where individuals feel empowered to embrace their vulnerabilities and celebrate their successes.

As a whole, imposter syndrome is a complex phenomenon that affects individuals across various industries, including technology. By acknowledging its prevalence, understanding its underlying causes, and implementing proactive strategies to combat it, we can create a more inclusive and supportive work environment where individuals feel valued, empowered, and confident in their abilities to succeed. Creating companies that are committed to fostering a culture of resilience, mentorship, and liberation, where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of gender or background, is key. If we can create more working environments like that, we should start to see an improvement in imposter syndrome statistics.

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