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Stacey Dooley admits she struggled with ‘imposter syndrome’ at the start of her career

She rose to fame with her hard-hitting documentaries and Strictly Come Dancing 2018 win.

Yet Stacey Dooley has admitted that at the start of her career, aged 20, she struggled with ‘imposter syndrome’ during a candid video for NatWest bank. 

The documentary maker, 32, teamed up with several businesswomen for the interview as they spoke about new research which found 60% of ‘would-be female entrepreneurs’ put off starting a business due to lack of confidence.

Candid: Stacey Dooley has admitted that at the start of her career, aged 20, she struggled with 'imposter syndrome' during a candid video for NatWest bank

Candid: Stacey Dooley has admitted that at the start of her career, aged 20, she struggled with ‘imposter syndrome’ during a candid video for NatWest bank

Stacey, who left school aged 15 with no GCSEs or qualifications, admitted: ‘I work in current affairs and I make lots of documentaries often about very highbrow issues I suppose. 

‘I left school at 15, no GCSEs, no qualifications. When I started my career, I remember walking into this very foreign, daunting environment and thinking: “I don’t sound the same, I don’t look the same, I didn’t study in any of these guys’ places…”

‘But you either let that cripple you and there’s that temptation to conform and behave the same, mimic their behaviour, or you think: “Actually, I’ve got to really take ownership of it here, work really hard and prove myself…”‘

She added: ‘It is not always easy always silencing that voice of doubt in your own mind… I’ve certainly struggled with imposter syndrome, yeah, there’s no doubt about it. 

Throwback: Stacey (pictured in 2012) admitted that it took her years to build up her confidence as she felt like an 'imposter' when starting out in her career

Throwback: Stacey (pictured in 2012) admitted that it took her years to build up her confidence as she felt like an ‘imposter’ when starting out in her career 

Candid: Stacey, who left school aged 15 with no GCSEs or qualifications, admitted: 'I work in current affairs and I make lots of documentaries often about very highbrow issues I suppose'

Candid: Stacey, who left school aged 15 with no GCSEs or qualifications, admitted: ‘I work in current affairs and I make lots of documentaries often about very highbrow issues I suppose’

‘I suppose at the start, current affairs is very typically middle aged, middle class, male heavy, it’s very serious, quite highbrow, and I walked in as a 20-year-old girl from Luton.

‘I sounded different, looked different, and didn’t study where they went to school. You do question whether or not you belong and I think there is that temptation to mimic their behaviour and conform. 

‘But I think that’s the worse thing you can do, I think you’ve got to celebrate how unique you are and take hold of those differences, make it work for you!’ 

Struggle: Stacey admitted 'It is not always easy always silencing that voice of doubt in your own mind... I've certainly struggled with imposter syndrome, yeah, there's no doubt about it'

Struggle: Stacey admitted ‘It is not always easy always silencing that voice of doubt in your own mind… I’ve certainly struggled with imposter syndrome, yeah, there’s no doubt about it’

Girl power: Stacey teamed up with several businesswomen for the interview as they spoke about new research which found 60% of 'would-be female entrepreneurs' put off starting a business due to lack of confidence

Girl power: Stacey teamed up with several businesswomen for the interview as they spoke about new research which found 60% of ‘would-be female entrepreneurs’ put off starting a business due to lack of confidence

Stacey’s career has since gone from strength to strength, leading to her being selected for last year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with Kevin Clifton. 

The pair, who won the Glitterball trophy, are now a couple in real life and are said to have moved in together. 

Stacey moved in with Kevin after leaving the Brighton home she shared with ex Sam Tucknott following their split in March. 

Way back when: Stacey pictured as a child in a sweet throwback snap, right

Way back when: Stacey pictured as a child in a sweet throwback snap, right 

Hard at work: Stacey's career has since gone from strength to strength, leading to her being selected for last year's Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with Kevin Clifton

Hard at work: Stacey’s career has since gone from strength to strength, leading to her being selected for last year’s Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with Kevin Clifton

A source told The Sun: ‘Stacey needed somewhere else to live. Kevin has been really relaxed about letting her stay and so far it’s working really well.’

The insider added: ‘Stacey is not sure whether she’ll stay for good but for now it’s a good place for her to set up base.’ 

Kevin and Stacey’s relationship has been marred with controversy as she was in a five-year romance with personal trainer Sam, 30, when she joined the show. 

Two's company: Stacey and Kevin, who won the Glitterball trophy, are now a couple in real life and are said to have moved in together

Two’s company: Stacey and Kevin, who won the Glitterball trophy, are now a couple in real life and are said to have moved in together

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