none of the authority figure people in my life believe me when i say im not a good programmer
dad: just work for google for a year, then nobody will be able to question your credentials ever again
me: thats great but IM NOT QUALIFIED TO WORK FOR GOOGLE
dad: ehhh, “qualified”, who cares about that
Why do you think you are not qualified to work at google? Where did you get your impression of what level of skill at programming you need to work at google?
i promise im actually a bad programmer
i could be a really good one but…..im not. i have not gained that skill
That still puts you leagues ahead of all the bad programmers who don’t know they are bad and still apply for jobs they aren’t qualified for.
Also, have you considered that you might be experiencing some variant of imposter syndrome?
i have imposter syndrome abt my actual job
i have an unrelated, accurate assessment of my programming skill, which is “no”
I also love it when I hear other programmers have impostor syndrome because then I think “Maybe I don’t have impostor syndrome like the good programmers have, maybe I’m just bad.”