Is it Normal to Dread a New Job?

You’ve accomplished a major goal; why aren’t you happy?

You nailed the interview and got a job offer for a great position. So, everything should feel great! But it doesn’t.

You’re anxious. Not sure if you’re the right person for the job, not certain you’ll be able to handle all the responsibilities you signed up for.

A clinical research paper published in the Journal of Behavioral Science estimated that 70% of the population has experienced this feeling, known as imposter syndrome, so you’re not alone.

As noted by NBC News, psychologist Dr. Renee Carr defines those who experience imposter syndrome as “male and female achievers who are psychologically uncomfortable with acknowledging their role in their success.”

Here are a few tips on dealing with imposter syndrome when it comes to a new job.

You Are Enough

This might sound simple, but it’s important to realize that you got this job for a reason. You might not be sure about your abilities, but your interviewer sure is. You may never know why you got the job; it could be a combination of skills, cultural fit, or something about your individual experience. Instead of focusing on the reasons you shouldn’t have gotten the job, zero in on the strengths you have that allowed you to accomplish this goal.

Knowing Everything Isn’t a Job Requirement

Nobody walks into a job on day one knowing everything about their job. That’s why employee onboarding and day one training exist. Although your manager might expect you to handle a lot on your own, they don’t expect you to know absolutely everything about the company. Give yourself time to grow into your new position.

Talk to Your Friends

Remember the statistic that kicked off this article? Seventy percent (70%) of the population has experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. That number most likely includes more than a few of your family members and friends. People that have overcome it, people that are experiencing it right now—all of them are worth talking to. Much of imposter syndrome comes from feeling like you’re struggling alone but talking to friends and family can help you realize this isn’t just a “you” problem.

Have you felt imposter syndrome before? Let us know about it in the comments section below!

 

 

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