I've been working in a 50-60 employees computer research institute for two years. It's governmentally regulated; having a degree is conditional to the hiring process. All other employees have at least one university degree, most of them having masters or being doctorates.
Being a self-taught programmer, I'm the only person (as far as I know) not having a degree. The company asks for governmental derogations (I believe that is the term) each time they renew my contract. They hired me because I apparently have skills that were only present in highly schooled candidates, which were too expensive (this is what I surmised from corridor talks, it might not be true).
Since the start, I've always been trying to somewhat prove that I'm not only "that person that is there by luck but does not really know what they talk about". Lately, one of my coworkers has been "teasing" me about me not working, attributing some of my work to other colleagues, ignoring parts of what I say, and I feel like I'm some kind of dead wood.
I consider asking them about how they value my work, if they're happy that I'm in the team, and if my feelings are justified, but I have no idea whether that would only comfort them in their ideas or clear the air.
I see two courses of actions, and I wonder if any of them is better, or if there are other ones:
- Ask them directly.
- Shrug if off.