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Slaying our monsters in the world of work!



It can be daunting to think of developing one career in STEM, let alone two. Interestingly, this challenge presents itself as mammoth, but it can be overcome with the right ingredients. When my mother taught me how to cook, she explained that cooking was as much about the right ingredients as it was about planning. I was surprised. What would a person plan for in a meal, my 14-year-old self thought.


As I accompanied her cooking journey for a dinner for four, I was surprised at the amount of planning going on in the kitchen. The vegetables needed to be prepared in advance while the soy nuggets soaked. The spices needed to be ready with a spoon beside so they could go into the dish in the right order. This taught me to plan more efficiently for my then-career, writing. I was blessed to be able to have my detective fiction novel published when I was 13. It was a moment of pride, but I had merely put my thoughts down. I felt as though I was an impostor who had faked her way to publication, and to this day, the feeling still creeps up from time to time.


As I grew older, a new wave of impostor syndrome befriended me, feel