Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

February 15, 2021


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Imposter syndrome is the overwhelming feeling that you don’t deserve your success. It is the suspicion that your achievements are down to luck, good timing or just being in the “right place at the right time.”

A study published in the International Journal of Behavioural Sciences said that as many 70% of people could experience imposter syndrome at some point in their life.

Unfortunately, imposter syndrome is common among workers in Ireland. A survey conducted by Taxback.com in their Workforce Survey Series found that 38% of workers have suffered from imposter syndrome, with women more likely to suffer from it, according to the survey.

This International Women’s Day, Fighting Blindness is delighted to welcome two experts to discuss the issue and how we can begin to tackle these feelings of inadequacy.

‘Overcoming Imposter Syndrome’ is free and open to everyone. You can book your ticket via Eventbrite.


9.15am – Welcome

9.25am – Aoife O’Brien, founder of Happier at Work

How to overcome imposter syndrome

Is Imposter Syndrome holding you back from achieving your true potential? Are you avoiding putting yourself forward for opportunities? Do you doubt your own ability to succeed? Maybe you know about this imposter syndrome already, but you are worried that you really are an ‘imposter’, and that no one else feels like you do?

Up to 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some stage in their career. It impacts on both men and women, but we deal with it in very different ways. It can impact on our career progression, how much we earn, whether we remain in an organisation. During this short presentation, Aoife will speak about what imposter syndrome is, how it shows up, who gets it, and what steps we can take to manage and overcome it.

9.50am – Lynda Barry, founder of Lynda Barry Career Consulting

Putting true context around “imposter syndrome” when presenting your candidacy

Imposter Syndrome has long been a barrier that can be a factor in prohibiting clients from accessing their realistic and ideal career path. So often, clients give their attention to reluctance, to apprehension and to a potentially inaccurate perception of their capabilities towards reaching their career goals. This often ripples into the type of candidate you present within your CV, when applying for a job, when participating in an interview and your day-to-day performance within the workplace.

Lynda will speak about how you can minimise imposter syndrome by focusing on your capabilities, relatability, skills and success stories in relation to CV, job applications and interview processes.

10.10am – Presentation of Young Female Researcher Bursary

10.30am – Event closes

This event is part of Retina Network Ireland, our all-island network for early to mid-career researchers, clinicians and allied healthcare professionals in the area of vision and retinal disease who are based in, or affiliated with, Irish Institutions.

To become a member of Retina Network Ireland, early to mid-career researchers, clinicians and allied healthcare professionals can request access through LinkedIn by searching ‘Retina Network Ireland’ in Groups.

Early Stage Female Researcher Bursary

For the second year in a row, we will award our Early Stage Female Researcher Bursary to a promising early stage female researcher working in the area of sight loss in Ireland.

Early stage/career is defined by us to include:

  • Research students
  • PhD students
  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • Individuals with up to 3 years of experience post qualification

The €1000 career development award is generously sponsored by our corporate partner its4women.ie.

This year, we’re teaming up with one of our funded researchers Laura Whelan (@phd_with_laura) and her #ShareYourResearchSeries. To win the Early Stage Female Researcher Bursary, we would love you to create a short video (30 seconds max) explaining your research.

How to enter:

  1. Create your engaging 30 second video
  2. Share it with us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ShareYourResearchSeries
  3. If you’re using Twitter, mention and follow
  4. If you’re using Instagram, mention and follow

If you don’t use social media, you can send your video to communications@fightingblindness.ie with the subject line ‘Early Stage Female Researcher Bursary’.

Deadline for entries is 6pm Monday 1 March 2021. The 2021 recipient will be announced at the event.



Aoife O'Brien

Aoife O’Brien, founder, Happier at Work

Aoife O’Brien is a Happiness at Work expert. Her mission is to help organisations to increase employee retention by using culture-fit in their hiring decisions. She is passionate about ‘fit’ and specifically how creating the right environment can help individuals to reach their full potential and support organisations to thrive.

She helps HR and business leaders to make data-driven decisions, with a specific focus on values, needs, and strengths. Aoife has been featured on several media platforms and podcasts speaking about ‘fit’ as well as imposter syndrome. She has also delivered a number of keynote speeches on these topics. Her podcast, Happier at Work, has more than 16,000 listens in more than 50 countries.

Before launching her own business, Aoife had a successful 17 years in the corporate world, working with global companies like Coca Cola, Unilever and Heinz to solve marketing problems using data analytics. She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth, and Sydney and has a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour.


Lynda BarryLynda Barry, founder, Lynda Barry Career Consulting

Lynda Barry is an International Career Specialist with over 10 years’ experience in Career Advisory and Recruitment. Lynda holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies, she is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she completed a Masters in Career and Guidance Counselling and is a member of CIPD. Over the past 10 years she has worked in New York, London and Dublin in various career advisory related disciplines.

Lynda specialises in career advice, supporting individuals and corporates, navigating career journeys including career selection, career progression, career change and career transition stages. Lynda utilises her experience to support clients in clarifying and accessing their ideal career route while also proactively overcoming career dilemmas and identifying career opportunities, across multiple industries and disciplines.

Lynda conducts 1:1 and Group Career Consultations, for both individual and Corporate clients. Lynda has personal experience of changing career successfully and she brings with her the necessary tools, strategies, empathy, job market and hiring process insights, to support clients to bring the best version of themselves to their career table.

When working on Career Clarity, Job Search, CV, Interview Preparation, Career Change and Career Planning, 1:1 and Group Consultations, Lynda facilitates clients to unravel their potential through exercises and discussive practices, to allow the client to identify, control, own and to access their realistic career endeavours. Passionate about career navigation, Lynda often develops career workshops, career clubs, speaks at corporate events and has contributed to Newstalk Breakfast, covering a variety of career topics.

Lynda combines her international and domestic expertise as well as her qualified theoretical knowledge, to provide tailored career consultations, to support clients to put their best foot forward to explore and access every opportunity, within the career realm.