Conquering Imposter Syndrome: Bridging the Skills Gap between New Graduate and Professional

Your Name and Title: Devina Dandar, MLIS Candidate

Library, School, or Organization Name: Western University

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Toronto, Canada

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Students, particularly new graduates

Short Session Description (one line): We will explore feelings of imposter syndrome and strategies for building new skills from the perspective of new and early-career librarians.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Do you ever feel like you’re trying to "fake it until you make it", or that you lack the required competencies to be successful?  Imposter syndrome is commonly felt by newly-graduated students transitioning to professional librarianship. This phenomenon can negatively affect how we use our current skill sets and our professional identities. During this interactive session, we’ll look at research and shared experiences to explore feelings of imposter syndrome in the context of a competitive job market, social media and the need to build new skills to make a successful student-to-professional transition. We will identify and discuss strategies for developing  current skills and building new ones, such as navigating the onboarding process, professional mentorships, finding (and creating!) opportunities for partnerships with colleagues, and engaging in scholarly activities and service.

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Hi, Devina!  Thank you for submitting to present. We'd like to accept this session, and our little committee is hoping you can clarify or focus on how and where the "new skills" are built. Are you comfortable with having that be a significant part of your presentation? Cheers, Steve

Hello Steve,

I received two messages from you, one that my proposal was accepted, and one asking me to clarify a portion of the proposal.

I have edited the proposal based on the search committee's suggestions, and have resubmitted it. The presentation will now largely focus on developing skills as new professionals.

Please let me know what the next steps are!
Thank you for the feedback!

Devina

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