This can be a familiar feeling for anyone starting a new job. You’ve gone through the tumultuous journey of job hunting; you’ve started your new gig but now there is a new issue…you feel under-qualified. The new responsibilities seem too much for you to handle, and you find yourself asking for help all the time. The entire situation is simply uncomfortable.
The bottom line is that it’s ok to feel this way and almost everyone experiences this in some way. However, you can’t stay in this frame of mind forever. Here are some ways to change your way of thinking to get yourself on track.
Remember That You Were Hired for a Reason
The truth is that at some point in the hiring process, the manager saw something in you that clearly indicated you were qualified to do the job. This is especially true in today’s environment of hiring. There are multiple levels of the process, and after going through all of them they have a pretty good idea of your personality, experience, and potential. It’s difficult for them to mess up. You’re not just hired, but they have a lot of confidence in you. They’re not expecting you to know everything right off the bat, but they like your chances of being able to grow into the role, learning along the way.
Remove Those Thoughts of Self-Doubt
When you feel under-qualified, all sorts of thoughts will enter your mind. You may think they’ll let you go after a brief time or you may consider quitting all together. It’s important to flip your mindset here. Instead of thinking of all the negative things that could happen, embrace the challenge and tell yourself you’ll do what it takes to overcome it. Accept that you may not know everything now but will take the steps to learn. Doubting yourself will continue to wear on your confidence.
It’s Good to Feel Under-Qualified
It can be a good thing to feel uncomfortable. It’s when we are too comfortable that we stop progressing and stop learning. Feeling under-qualified will push you to become more than what you previously thought possible. If you felt qualified, you’d have no desire to learn. You’d simply show up, do the things you already know how to do, and go home every day. There’d be no need to learn new skills or take on new tasks or projects that will allow you to advance. When you feel under-qualified, you’ll have that desire to take on more, and this is ultimately a good thing.