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How To Deal With Imposter Syndrome

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Is it normal to feel imposter syndrome?

Working in recruitment, we collectively speak to hundreds of people each week. A reoccurring theme we encounter is imposter syndrome; studies have shown that in 2021 up to 82% of us have experience imposter syndrome at work.

So, why is this?

Cyber security is continuously evolving and changing with a never-ending stream of new threats. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to keep fully up to date with new technologies and frameworks, so it is only natural to occasionally self-doubt and question our ability.

With cyber-attacks increasing rapidly year on year, the demand for professionals will only grow. But, with the industry expanding rapidly, will the feeling of imposter syndrome increase with an ever-evolving industry?

Is imposter syndrome gender specific?

Throughout March, Trident Search carried out a series of Trident Talks dedicated to International Women’s Day. We hosted a collection of discussions with female professionals ranging from CISOs, Directors of Intelligence and Technical Managers. In total, we spoke to eight senior professionals in cyber, all of whom highlighted to us the feeling of imposter syndrome at work.

I don’t believe this is linked to just women in the industry - but all professionals at some point throughout their careers.