I got to be honest. As a brand new programmer, I definitely have impostor syndrome most of the time. I mean, I work with people who’ve been coding for YEARS and are way smarter than me. I’m still sometimes not sure why anyone would interview or hire me with my level of experience!
So when I see awesome opportunities that require an application process, my default behavior is to not apply. It’s just hard to see myself being selected out of all the other way more qualified people applying. And the many times that I’ve applied, I’ve been rejected. For example, I’ve recently applied twice to Code Path to learn a little bit of Android development, and each time I’ve been rejected.
However, a few weeks ago, I applied to two super competitive events. The events would be a dream to get into and actually attend. So I applied “knowing” I wouldn’t get in, but at least I tried, right?!!
Well, this week, I got replies back from both of these events, and I GOT IN!!!!!!!!! I’m besides myself with excitement, and the impostor syndrome part of me thinks there was some kind of mistake. But I’m attending, and nobody will stop me.
The events are:
iOS 7 Tech Talks – This is a special event hosted by Apple themselves where I’ll get to learn some cool new iOS7 tips and tricks from Apple developers, not to mention network with other iOS developers in the industry. I’ve only been an iOS developer for about six months at this point, so it’s amazing that I’ve been selected.
Startup School – Wow! I really didn’t think I’d get into this one (I never even bothered to apply before), and I can’t wait to go!!!!! Startup School is an event hosted by Y Combinator, which brings together amazing hackers from all over the world. The speaker list includes Nate Blecharczyk (founder of AirBNB), Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter), Diane Greene (founder of VMWare), and of course Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook)!!!!!!
While I’ve never won the lottery before, I definitely feel like I’ve won by being selected for these incredible events.
Anyway, the point is that if you see an incredible opportunity you don’t think you’re qualified for, apply anyway. The worst thing that will happen is that you’ll get rejected, which very likely might happen. But that 1% chance you have of actually getting in is more than worth the risk of feeling the horrible rejection if you don’t get in.
P.S. If you’re attending either of these events, the iOS 7 tech talks or Startup School, let me know!!!