Hi there! I am looking for support and encouragement. I work in consulting and I have been working on a challenging project. I joined the project as the project manager, a role I hadn't held before, and have felt way over my head since the beginning. I've tried many different things to get better at the job and to learn the skills I needed quickly. As soon as I learned something new, a different challenge popped up. I couldn't keep up. After trying different things to improve and seeking help from others, I've decided the best thing for the project and myself is to move on from it in favor of them finding a more experienced PM and me finding a project and role where I'm better prepared and equipped. Now my challenge is how to bounce back. All in all, it feels like failure. I made a lot of mistakes and couldn't provide the expertise needed for the job. It hasn't helped that the environment is cutthroat and people have no problem aggressively or passive aggressively expressing their disappointment. This isn't an it's all in my head imposter syndrome situation, this is a I really did fail and here's the proof situation! I'm looking at this as great learning opportunity and I have, in fact, learned a lot. But my confidence is shot. I feel like most career articles dance around failure and focus on success, but I would really like to know -How do you bounce back? How do you work it into your narrative? Am I the only one this has happened to?
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