fake it till you make it?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

How long have you been there? I just hit 6 months at my new job & while it’s not exactly prestigous, there’s a lot to learn & know…until this past month, I just felt like I was stepping into quick sand every time I walked in to work!!

I’m hoping to get an HR job after graduation & I have a feeling I’ll feel very similar to the way you do now. OJT SUCKS nowadays, people just hire you, teach you for a day or week & throw you to the wolves. It’s not too fun!

@souza_2005:  

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is actually a thing – it’s called imposter syndrome. 

And you can talk to people who have been in their position for years and they still feel that way.

It is very common in my field (academia – I’m a professor). I once had a fellow professor say to me “act like you belong and you will” LOL.

But it seems similar to your job in that it is very independent. 

Post # 5
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1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@souza_2005:  Yes! I’m in my first year of teaching and sometimes after a particularly long/stressful day I find myself standing in wonder thinking, “What just happened!?!”

I think there are so many things that can happen in one day as a teacher, it’s impossible to ever be 100% prepared.

 

Post # 6
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Fake it ’till you make it!

I was a preschool teacher pre-pregnancy. I regularly felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I kept in communication with my boss to make sure she was happy with what was going on in my room, and shared curriculum with the other teachers to get new ideas.

By the time I’d been doing it for a year, I felt much better. By two years, I felt like I probably wasn’t screwing up the kids!

Post # 7
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1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is exactly how I am at work. I am on month 3 of my job, but it’s totally different than anything I’ve done before. It’s great and scary all at the same time. 

Post # 9
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3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I’ve had that happen before.  I got no training though, and the person who I was taking over for while she was on maternity leave wanted me to fail.  It was so stressful, so many days I went home and cried.  But I pushed through and learned the job on my own and by the time my fill in was over I was really good at my job.  Probably why the previous person wanted me to fail, she wasn’t a person people got along with and they were trying to get rid of her. 

Just keep pushing through and eventually you’ll know your job inside and out.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@souza_2005:  I feel like that all the time. I work in research though and sometimes things just don’t turn out the way I had hypothesized. It’s hard to be like “a month from now will be my giant breakthrough!” So I just kind of go through the motions and keep trying things I think will work until something interesting comes along. 

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