This year I’ll be presenting a talk on Imposter Feelings or, more commonly known as Imposter Syndrome. The title of the talk is “Imposter Syndrome: I Don’t Feel Like Who You Think I Am.” and it is scheduled to be run at BSidesNOVA in February and BSidesCharm in April.
[UPDATE] – Link to the video from BSidesNOVA is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls-dnpeKRR0
I intend on making a fuller blog entry about it after the talks but wanted to provide some resources that I found helpful during my researching the talk content. They are in no specific order.
- Nickolas Means’ RailsConf 2014 talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Vqp1dPuPo
- Dr. Pauline Clance (one of the original people that described Imposter Phenomenon) – http://paulineroseclance.com/impostor_phenomenon.html
The talk’s abstract is below and I will update this post with links to the video of the talks after they are completed.
Several years ago I was walking back to my hotel after a day’s worth of DerbyCon talks and it hit me all at once. “I’m an infosec fraud. I’m not finding 0-day exploits. I’m not hacking cars or Internets of Things and I don’t know PowerShell. I don’t belong in infosec.” It was a hard revelation to grasp because I loved infosec and the people in it. But that was my “truth” back then and I went home and looked for jobs outside of the computer industry. What I didn’t know at that time was that these feelings were normal, showed I was learning and growing and that they also had a name: Imposter Syndrome.
Does this sound like someone you know? If so, come join me and learn not only about “Imposter Syndrome” but how I am dealing with it and how you and your colleagues can too.