Today I received in the post my IEEE Senior Member plaque.
I had known that I had been elected to Senior member status a few weeks ago when I got an email from the IEEE. So the plaque wasnt unexpected (knew it was coming)- its fairly timely arrival was. And more so that i was quite pleased to see this wood and brass object.
Usually I feel such symbols are vulgar so I hadnt really wanted this display object (you cant opt out it seems!). And now I am in two minds: is it really a bit loud to display this plaque and shout (visually) at all visitors about achievements? Or is this a physical symbol, something to look at and think “yes its real, did achieve this…” on dark days?
I have similar confused feelings about professional affiliations etc that often appear on business cards, email signatures and the like:
On one hand these affilitations, memebrships, degrees etc. are a shorthand CV, a quick way to establish credentials. On the other it seems pompous. I am aware that women often also suffer from the so called imposter syndrome (feeling that you arent really that good, feeling like a fraud who doesnt belong at this level) so it may well be a contributing factor towards this discomfort with displaying titles/achievements without a specfic context.
What do you think? How do you feel?