Many recent graduates suffer from impostor syndrome, the fear of being "found out" or exposed as a "fraud" in the workplace. Gillian Mooney, the dean of academic development and support at the Independent Institute of Education, says: "While impostor syndrome is not a formal psychological diagnosis, the concept has been used since 1978 to describe people who have an ongoing fear of being uncovered as being a fraud, or 'phony'. "People from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of intelligence and personality types, can feel they are not capable or qualified enough for their position. But it is important that these feelings are addressed, because they can detract from your performance and keep you from reaching your full potential." Mooney suggests the following ways to conquer the fear: • Learn to recognise destructive thoughts and feelings; • Draw up an unemotional list of your strengths and weakness, then take the time to capitalise on your strengths while working on your wea...

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