Reflecting on “Apprenticeship Patterns” – Expose Your Ignorance

If my previous blog posts haven’t reflected it enough, I am definitely nervous to step into the professional software development field. This is likely mostly due to my case of imposter syndrome, where I think of myself as less capable or knowledgeable than I actually am. On another hand, though, I have also been overwhelmed by the thought of being behind other team members or colleagues in terms of knowledge and experience, even though everyone will, and should, be aware of this gap.

This week’s apprenticeship pattern, Expose Your Ignorance, further reassured me that learning new things and not necessarily knowing everything right away on the job is a normal occurrence. Everyone on the team is under pressure to submit work by a certain time, and when there is a “weaker link” who may not be on the same page as other team members, it can certainly cause some tension and perhaps anxiety for this team member. However, in order to best confront this issue, the team member should break down their walls hiding their ignorance toward the subject of the project, as well as let everyone else know about of how much they know and how much they still need to learn. It is suggested that one of the best ways to show this ignorance of any topic is to ask questions, as well as remain transparent when working with others so that the team member’s level of expertise is not misinterpreted. The apprentice should not only disclose this information, but also emphasize their willingness to learn and catch up with the rest of the team.

I already had a feeling that upon entering the workforce, senior developers and other colleagues would have some sort of understanding that I will not have as much experience as them, and that I will need to spend time catching up to what they know. This pattern was great to allow me to realize that I shouldn’t be afraid to let everyone know where my knowledge of our work stands, even if it requires further progress to strive towards everyone else’s level of understanding.

Thanks for reading!

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