We will do this by:
- Challenging mental health stigma and understanding early in career (EIC) perspectives, concerns and experiences relating to mental health and wellbeing as they enter the workforce.
- Making sure the voice of early in career employees is heard through the formation of an EIC committee with EIC representatives from CMHAA member organisations.
- Offering peer support by building a Thriving from the Start network, run by EIC employees, for EIC employees, offering networking, communications and educational events to early in career employees.
- Transforming business and creating best practice on delivering support to young, early in career workers.
Hosted by a member of our Early in Career Committee, the Event featured panellists Hugh Kearns, public speaker, educator and researcher at Flinders University and Tiffany Wright, Director of Education, Microsoft Australia.
Through a combination of scientific evidence and lived experience the speakers explored what Imposter Syndrome looks and feels like, why it occurs, how it can manifest and ways to move past it.
Hugh’s 6 practical strategies to overcome Imposter Syndrome were a particular standout, namely:
Imposter feelings are normal - most people will occasionally feel like an imposter, especially in new situations
Mind your language - don’t discount your achievements. Just say “Thank you”
Create a fact file and a brag file that contains evidence about your achievements
Set objective standards - don’t move the goalposts after the event
Get used to your imposter feelings - they don’t go away but you get used to them
Be brave and take action
To learn more, you can access the recording of the Event below.
This phenomenon of capable people being plagued by self-doubt has a name - the Imposter Syndrome
If you are a graduate, intern, apprentice or school leaver or in the first eight years of your career and have an interest in learning more about mental health in the workplace. The Network is run by a committee of volunteers, also in their early careers, who are committed to building mentally healthy workplaces. It was established, and continues to be part of, the CMHAA’s Early in Careers Programme. To join and receive updates on news and events please email: email@example.com