Last year I finally identified that I have Imposter Syndrome and it’s possible that some of you here may occasionally have it too.
In fact, research says that about 70% of the population worldwide experience this and it often goes unrecognized.
I think that the more we talk about it, the more we can help each other out.
Imposter Syndrome impacts my day-to-day decisions and confidence, affects growth by limiting opportunities and makes me feel unworthy. I'd like to share my experience & perspective of feeling like a fraud with other software professionals.
I spoke with Dave Rael about collboration, empathy, fear, and being an imposter.
I am proud to announce that my article that I have been working on alongside editor Rose Weisburd has been published on A List Apart.
I attended this spectacular annual event for the first time. I spoke about how mindfulness has positively impacted my profession.
I got to meet many great professionals and form part of intellectual and energizing conversations.
I gave my first talk about marketing for software developers titled "Branding your Identity".
I was offered a permanent position to work at the company.
I form part of a SCRUM team focusing on the DStv Now website which is a Video on Demand service offering Live TV streaming from a select number of channels as well as Movies and Series available on Catch Up for what is known as OTT (Over The Top) offerings - content allowed to be streamed on our platform.
We integrate with a collection of different APIs to consume and consolidate the data that is displayed on the website. I am seen as an intrinsic leader within the team and have an exceptional ability to get the right people involved to offer support as well as being great at troubleshooting by finding needles in haystacks on a distributed scaled platform.
Started the Corporate Programmer blog to help other software developers in a corporate environment.
I was based at DStv Digital Media where I formed part of Agile Scrum teams which included the Original Productions (broadcast production websites with voting component) and the DStv Now Website (Catch Up and Live Streaming website) teams.
Responsibile for developing new features and supporting the existing website which is the home of DStv on the move with the ability to watch Live TV, see the full DStv TV Guide and enjoy DStv Catch Up content.C# Git MVC Microservices Grunt Node jQuery Video On Demand Jenkins Distributed Cache
The team was responsible for production websites which include:
In the Cross Media Solutions department, I was responsible for the development and maintenance of automated processes and custom development integration with XMPie for on-demand variable data printing solutions.
I started as a junior and worked my way up. In 2010, I was promoted to Lead Senior Web Developer.
I was responsible for developing, deploying and supporting custom event registration websites in production.
Throughout my years at IT Event Management I developed and supported projects including:
I was responsible for developing, enhancing and supporting the internal Global Hotel Reservation web application.C# Crystal Reports HTA ASP.NET Web Forms SQL
I was promoted to Junior Instructor. Additional responsibilities included liaising with parents and managing my own class of students while maintaining a low failure rate.
I received a VB.NET certificate for completing all modules. Passed with distinction.
I received my national diploma for Information Systems: Software Development with subjects in SQL Server 2000, C# and VB.NET. Passed with distinction.
I was awarded a bursary to study further while being an Assistant Instructor. I was responsible for developing pre-test materials, hosting workshops and marking projects and exams.
I received my national diploma for Computer Science: Internet Development with subjects in Standard, Micro and Enterprise Java and Perl. Passed with distinction.
I did freelance websites for local companies in my spare time.
Matriculated with exemption. All subjects on higher grade. Subjects included English, Afrikaans, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science and Economics.