Tackling Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome

Effective Strategies Against Imposter Syndrome

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Welcome to Career Compass! In this week’s newsletter, I’ll cover How to Tackle Imposter Syndrome, The Art of Mastering Data StoryTelling, and How to Actually Be Likeable at Work.

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🎯Tackling Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a prevalent feeling of self-doubt and perceived fraudulence, despite evident success and competence.
It's particularly common in the STEM industry and it even affects data science students, as revealed in a study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

🧑‍💼 How can we change this?

Aiming high and striving for perfection has its pros and cons. You’re likely to be more ambitious and achieve more, but you’re also likely to experience anxiety and feel overwhelmed even if you miss perfection by 1%.

Below are some key strategies you can employ whenever you feel unsure about yourself.

  • Create a database of achievements: Your portfolio of certificates, awards, positive feedback from peers, and records of successful projects;

  • Redefine Success: Set clear, achievable goals for specific tasks, no matter how small they may seem, and embrace setbacks as a part of growth instead of failure;

  • Seek Mentorship: Guidance from experienced individuals can help you navigate your Data Career;

  • Rely on Practice rather than Theory to learn: Learn the minimal Theory to understand concepts and start practicing it yourself. A good ratio is 1:3. For every hour you study, you must take 3 hours of practice on that subject.

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If you want to start sharing your thoughts, why don’t you join this free LinkeDin community ?

🎯Master Data StoryTelling

“Effective data storytelling is not just about visualizing data accurately but also about crafting a narrative around the data and presenting it in a way that engages the audience, making the data both understandable and compelling.”

Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic - Author of Storytelling with data

⚒️ How can we address it?

Even though crafting engaging data stories is hard, I bet it won’t shock you when I say ‘practice makes perfect’.

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Here are some ways to improve your Data StoryTelling:

📃 Craft Your Narrative: Focus on the main insight of your research. Start by asking, "What impact does my work have?" and "Why should people care?" This will form the cornerstone of your narrative.

📈 Visualize with Purpose: Allocate time weekly to master visualization tools, starting with basic tutorials and progressively tackling more complex projects directly related to your research.

💬🗨️ Seek Feedback: Organize feedback sessions with your peers or find a mentor specifically for reviewing your story and visuals. Use their analyses to refine your approach, and don’t shy away from broader community feedback.

🗣️ Share Knowledge: Share your storytelling techniques, even if it’s with your family. The point here is that teaching others helps their development and reinforces your skills.

If you want more tips and practical examples of effective Storytelling, check this YouTube video:

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Read this article in Harvard Business School if you want to learn more about effective Storytelling.

🎯Be Likeable

As a data analyst within a large organization, I’ve recognized that interpersonal skills that complement your technical expertise enable you to create meaningful relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, which can significantly boost your career.

⚒️ What’s the secret?

In my own experience, I found that these two aspects are essential:

 🧑‍💼 Be Genuine: Embrace authenticity. Ensure your actions and words are consistent. There’s a fine line between genuine compliments and cheesy flattery, so stay true to your honest opinions and thoughts.

📊 Combine Skills for Career Growth: Build cross-functional relationships, seek feedback, and network broadly. Offer help and celebrate team achievements. Learn how to guide non-technical users to your insights, turning complex problems into simple language through analogies.

Drive attention by being yourself

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Learn more about Soft Skills in this article by the New York Institute of Tecnhology!

👋 That’s it! Thank you!

See you next week.

Mo Chen

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