Many college students and new grads experience imposter syndrome when applying for internships or entering the workforce for the first time. Here are some tips for overcoming imposter syndrome and building confidence while applying for opportunities:
- Reflect on your academic and personal achievements. Make a list of everything you've done so far and give yourself a pat on the back! Sometimes people forget everything they’ve accomplished until they take time to reflect.
- Getting support can help you feel less alone and more confident! Talking to a trusted friend, family member, or mentor can help. Just remember, you are not alone and the feeling of imposter syndrome is something many experience.
- Take the application process with a growth mindset and a willingness to learn. You only need one “Yes” and a “No” now, is not a no forever nor a reflection of your capabilities. If possible, ask for feedback at the end of an interview if you are not chosen to move forward so that you can continue to grow and improve your interview skills.
- The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel during your interview! Research the company and opportunity you are applying to thoroughly, and prepare for the interview.
- Lastly, remember to always take care of yourself! Engage in activities that help you when you might be stressed in the job search such as going for a run, having lunch with friends, or going to the movies.