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    I start a contract job in 2 days, and I'm nervous b/c my previous manager awhile back was demeaning/awful.

    I used to make 28000 pounds (US equivalent) $46,000 with basic benefits but now I'll be making 37000 pounds (US equivalent) $60,000. I'm nervous and have what females call "imposter syndrome," like maybe they'll wonder why they hired me, or they'll look at me and say oh, is that all?"

    Also, my mother always says my job doesn't pay enough, that I'm doing work 'beneath my credentials.'

    How do I get over my anxiety of not feeling like I'm good enough? I have 2 masters degrees, and I'm kind of young and starting my career.
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    (Original post by wildirishrose)
    Well there's no reason why because a manager is bad in one company, the manager in another company should be bad!

    Imposter syndrome is a feeling lots of people have, many more people than could possibly actually be imposters. You should trust that the company invested a lot of time and effort in a selection process and chose you.

    On your credentials and the job being 'below you' well maybe it is, but the only way anyone will know for sure is if you ace the job and have grown out of it in six months. Any job is also much more than just the credentials, its working in the right style for the organisation, managing relationship with colleagues and clients, many people can do that without any credentials, some people can't do it with all the degrees possible, so there is no link that is simply good credentials = successful in a job.

    Job satisfaction counts for a lot, the key to a successful career is to get your skills and credentials aligned with your salary expectations and your job satisfaction. Some people never achieve that balance, but most people take many years to find it, it's certainly very rare to find in your first few jobs.

    Just be confident that they want you there, they did the choosing, not you!
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