Beat Imposter Syndrome: Strategies for Career Confidence

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 12 pm (Central)

Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back in your career. Join us and learn strategies to manage imposter syndrome and grow your confidence in the workplace.

imposter-syndrome--1-Do you ever feel like you have no idea what you’re doing at work and worry that others are about to find out? Do you chalk up your accomplishments up to luck or being in the right place at the right time? Do you avoid trying something new unless you’re confident you’ll be good at it? Are you hesitant to apply to a new role because you don’t meet all of the requirements?

It’s common for professionals at all stages of their careers--from recent grads to decades in--to struggle with confidence in the workplace. Perhaps you’ve heard of Impostor Syndrome but didn’t realize how many different forms it can take--or that there is anything you can do about it.

Challenges with career confidence disproportionately affect high achievers--especially women, and can have a serious impact on your career trajectory and job satisfaction. But advice like “don’t worry” or “fake it till you make it” just doesn’t resonate with high achievers used to leveraging research and mastering skills to solve problems. In this webinar, we will explore the actual, effective strategies you can use to manage Impostor Syndrome and increase your career confidence.

This session will help you:

  • Recognize the different types of Imposter Syndrome and how they are showing up in your life and work

  • Understand where Imposter Syndrome comes from so you can best manage it

  • Get clear on the impact Imposter Syndrome is having on your life and career

  • Learn action-oriented strategies you can use to keep Imposter Syndrome in check and grow your confidence in the workplace

About the Presenter: 

tirella_eng_083Caroline Ouwerkerk, AB ‘09 is a career coach working with young professionals 2-12 years out of college to clarify and explore who they are, what they care about, and where they want to go so they can pursue their next step with confidence. Through 1:1 coaching, online courses, and in-person workshops, Caroline is on a mission to help young professionals find fulfilling work that maximizes their talents while creating space for all of their other priorities.
Caroline has nearly 15 years of experience as a student, staff member, and instructor at three of the nation’s top ten research universities. Previously, Caroline was the Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern and was a lecturer in the Center for Leadership Education at the Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, teaching courses on leadership, service and social entrepreneurship. Prior to Hopkins, Caroline was the founding program director of the University of Chicago Urban Network, an interdisciplinary research initiative connecting faculty, students, and others working on urban issues. Caroline received her AB in History from the University of Chicago, and her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a certificate in Creative Writing from the Graham School and a certificate from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Program for Emerging Leaders. You can find her online at www.carolineouwerkerk.com.





Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 12pm (Central)


Cost: Complimentary

Location: Online 




Event Contact

Adam Sylvain
Assistant Director, Career Development
UChicago Alumni Career Programs