The world of tech is a fast-paced world where it is easy to feel like you’ve been left behind. In fact, it is not uncommon for people in the industry to suffer from an imposter syndrome, where they feel like they are a fraud or otherwise not worthy to be in the industry. A lot of this comes down to how we feel as developers.
There is a commonly held belief that you can’t become a developer. Rather, you have to be born that way. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Being a successful developer is no different than being successful in any other profession.
Far from requiring near-magical abilities, all it requires is learning and hard work. Also, below are three steps you can consider to improve your ability and become the developer you know you can be.
Finish What You Start
The worst thing you can do is give up. Whether the end result is sloppy or super combed over, make sure you finish it. Coding is a field where you will constantly come across problems. Solving these problems requires patience and a determination to solve the problem. This requires skill and may be really challenging at first.
Know that there are many different ways to solve a problem. The answer may not be present to you at the moment, and you will have to think outside the box to find the right answer. Know that the developers around you are no different. Simply put, they have been working on building patience and determination.
You cannot get better at something until you start doing it. You will need to put something down to begin building your skill. Even if what you put down will be deleted later on, it is important to start the process somewhere. Consider task management techniques. Instead of considering the project from the perspective of the big picture, break it down instead into small easily digestible chunks. Remember that even bad code is infinitely better than no code at all.
As another consideration, ask for help! There are plenty of resources out there. It is easy to get stressed out and having short-term goals and seeking help as a part of the process are crucial.
Realize There Is Nothing Beyond Your Grasp
Being a developer does not mean having magical traits. It does not mean you possess some secret ability that mere mortals lack. Rather, it means that you are taking the time and attention to focus towards a career you enjoy.
Develop your ability to think critically. That too is a skill that you can gradually improve over time. While imposter syndrome may be real, it doesn’t have to affect you.