Out of my depth: summary

Last updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015

If you are out of your depth, the most significant step you can take is to recognise that fact. It's a sign of professional maturity when you can do it.

When you realise you're beyond your own competence, these thoughts may help you:
  • Admit you don't know. Don't bluff, just be honest.

  • Buy yourself time if you can. It's important not to be rushed into a hasty decision in an unfamiliar situation. Give yourself time to think.

  • Ask for help. It's a recurring theme of these tutorials that you're not alone, and you must recognise when you need help, and not be afraid to ask for it. 

  • Signposting. If you can't solve someone's problem, then try to point them in the direction of others who may be able to.

Try and learn from experiences like these. Reflect on them – they can make good CPD exercises.