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How to get over imposter syndrome? Came from consulting and moved into a program manager role and I’m the first hire in this role and have the potential to build out a team and make lasting impact. Its week 1 and I feel like I’m in way over my head! How do you shake this feeling? I know I can do the job but I am sometimes my own worst enemy when it comes to pushing myself outside my comfort zone. Hubs has been helpful in hyping me up but I still feel so imposter-y.

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I was struggling with this too in my first month on the job, and a partner told me that all consultants (herself included) are just a bunch of “insecure overachievers”. It’s something we all deal with, OP. It takes a solid 3-6 months to get settled anywhere, and in this profession, things change all the time (your team, your responsibilities, your project, your industry). I think that if you lead with humility, demonstrate curiosity & a willingness to learn and treat others with kindness, that’s what people will remember and they’ll be more likely to help you out when you do need it. On a more tactical note - the first time you have a question, ask. It signals you don’t know something but you’re curious to learn without you having to say “I’m new to this” and it opens the door for more. The longer you go without asking a question, the harder it gets to speak up.

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Insecure overachiever - that describes me so well!

Ugh I feel ya OP. I get this feeling too when I start new job, project, etc. Are you a perfectionist? I think part of my anxiety when starting something new stems from my belief that I have to be 100% on top of my game and know everything right away. In reality, you just started, you still have a lot to learn about the company, operations, the business, etc. and I honestly believe they wouldn’t have hired you unless they believe you’re capable. :) When I was working at a FAANG one of my managers told me that he honestly didn’t expect any of his product managers/program managers to be that useful until at least ~6 months in (and this was pre-remote when I could just literally walk up to any one’s desk and ask a million questions lol). He was semi-joking and exaggerating, but his point when I was expressing qualms was that there is a learning curve, but the company obviously hired us because they believe we can do the job/have the right experience. It will take time. In the meantime it’s totally normal to feel the way you feel and I think many of us experience it. Be gentle on yourself and remember you can do this!! Just my two cents. 😊

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Such a perfectionist. Terrified of failing. Thank you for the advice

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