Catch-up + Career
Vacation == good. Spending analysis to come, once I feel like my head is screwed back on straight.
My kitchen is a mess, though I did leave it clean before we left. I guess I made it messy in the short time I’ve been back. My laundry basket sits at the foot of my bed, full of camping dirty clothes.
This week is going to be busy. Work is busy, we are preparing for some sort of little review next week, and since I was gone four 4 days, I’m feeling behind. Luckily, I’m trying to work some extra hours to keep my vacation balance at a maximum level. Oh, and that second job thing… I can probably start to do some small amounts of work this week, though to be really effective I need my coworker to ship me something.
I also signed myself up for a little after work career development class. My manager forwarded the e-mail to me (and others), so I figured I may as well go to it. It is just four nights for 3 hours each night. It is supposed to be for young professionals at my company, and in theory, I’m trying to meet new friends my age, so it can’t hurt.
I say “in theory”, because it takes so much energy, and I just am not interested in the normal things I see people my age doing to meet each other. (Namely, sports. I hate sports, and I can’t help it, and I don’t want to!) I like running/swimming/outdoors activities, but should I really join beach volleyball just to meet people? It isn’t that I hate beach volleyball, I just don’t love it enough to devote an evening a week to it. You know? I’m a nice person. I’m fun and reasonably normal (T may disagree…). I don’t talk about personal finance in inappropriate situations. It just is difficult starting from scratch, and sometimes, doesn’t seem worth the social effort. Also, there is a bit of what I consider a “boys club”, still. Maybe that is just an excuse, but I swear I always see groups of guys hanging out. It just seems easier. A larger, more prevalent pool of similar people to meet.
Oh, is this a personal finance blog? Well, let me steer back towards career development, at least.
The class will likely be worthless in material (maybe not though!), but all I have to sacrifice is my time. It can be one tiny mark on my year end review. We had mid-year check-up reviews, and all the feedback was positive. It is good, but I still feel new and I have a difficult time quantifying what I do.
By years of experience, I should be eligible for a promotion this fall, but I’m not sure how to ensure I get one. I’m not sure how difficult it is. I know the company policy, but I don’t know the politics. If I ask, I get a BS answer like “do the work of the next level up, then you’ll be promoted.” But the description for one level up is essentially the same, except do the job with more expertise and experience. So, what specifically do I have to do?
I sort of liked college, where you’d get regular homework and grades with constant feedback, and it was clear what needed to be done in order to ace the class. I guess it is sort of the same in the work world–do what you do better than everyone else. Excpet, in school, you actually could just do the best, and it was objective. At work, you have to make sure the higher ups know (or think!) that you are the best.