Unfortunately, nobody is immune from imposter syndrome’s powers. It can affect anyone and everyone, at any given time in their career. In fact, one US study found that 70% of Americans had experienced it at some time in their working lives. However, research indicates that it can be felt most acutely by:
- High achievers
- Current students
- People working in creative fields
- People who are underrepresented in their line of work (this could be in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and more)
When you think about how competitive and fast-paced the creative industry can be, it’s not hard to see why imposter syndrome is felt by so many – and particularly those just starting out.
For recent graduates, this can come hand in hand with the confusion, and even depression, of post-student life. This can be a time of heightened uncertainty and insecurity – from applying for jobs and worries about finances, to comparing yourself to your peers on social media.
When you’re at the beginning of your career, you will naturally feel like you’re at the bottom of the ladder, but remember the power you have, too. The industry is always looking for fresh ideas and perspectives – your skills, opinions, insights and way of thinking about the world are all invaluable assets.