My name is Pj Metz, and I'm a former English Teacher. After working with all ages of students K-12, I left education to work in Developer Relations, specifically becoming an Education Evangelist for GitLab in May of 2021. Adjusting to a new career led me to experience some self-doubt in my own abilities. I worried that I didn't have what it takes to work in tech; that my experience was useless in a world beyond lesson plans and poetry.
That's when I learned about imposter syndrome, the belief that you are incapable of performing your job well and that people around you have unearned confidence in your abilities. People are most familiar with imposter syndrome in the workplace. One place you don't often hear about it is in education, and this talk aims to show why your expectations about what you will be doing can help you overcome imposter syndrome. There are days I STILL feel this way, that I'm just waiting for work to realize I shouldn't have this job; the advice in this talk are the very ways I help myself remember my own worth and value.
This talk is a chance to join others who are all worried that they're not good enough, and a chance to leave realizing not only that you're good enough, but that you are more capable than you think.
- Imposter syndrome can affect anyone, and often affects those who you'd think would be immune to it.
- Students leave the classroom and take learning with them: No matter where you are in your career, you should still be learning new things
- Failure's not flattering, but flattery gets you nowhere: Just because you mess up doesn't mean you're an imposter - It's a chance to learn!
- Imposter Syndrome: What It Is & How to Overcome It
- Men suffer more from imposter syndrome than women
- Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome
- Confusion is the Sweat of Learning
Pj is a former educator who now works as an Education Evangelist at GitLab. After teaching for 11 years, Pj made the transition into tech in May of 2021 after teaching himself to code during the summer and fall of the pandemic. He is a passionate public speaker and has spoken at a Microsoft conference as well as hosted several meetups and other events representing GitLab. You can catch him on Twitch building a website about poetry or building his next pop-star-based Twitter bot.