My advice to young women learning to code is to realize that imposter syndrome is normal for everyone, regardless of who they are, and to use it as a strength. Let it motivate your drive to learn and become skilled in your field. And when it’s telling you to hesitate or hold back—don’t listen to it; push back. The positive feedback you receive will help you prove to yourself that you really do deserve to be here.
Yes, Imposter syndrome is normal.
This is why we encourage She Code Africa Queens to Share their feelings, Let go of perfectionism, Share their failures, Accept it, and Celebrate their successes.
We build a welcoming and safe space for them to let it all out.
Letting go of perfectionism is key. Worst case scenario, you get so wrapped up in being “perfect” and never making mistakes that you never learn and you give up on coding altogether. Getting stuck is normal and even necessary.
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