I’ve been at my current firm for 3 months now, and I’ve set up an informal performance discussion with a manager so that I have an idea of how I’m doing (and to get a tiny taste of what the formal mid-year review would be like).
It’s a little overwhelming to start at a new job and have to do so much learning, but it’s got to be done. If I want to move forward in my career and earn the promotions & performance bonuses, I’ve got to 1. make sure my work is high quality (can I get some “value-add” with that?), 2. build relationships, and 3. negotiate and advocate for myself.
#2 and #3 would be MUCH easier if I’ve got #1 down, but all of those factors are important. I don’t think I am terrible at negotiating / advocating for myself, but it’s definitely an area for improvement and something that I need to work on.
I have to say that my internet role model in this regard is Single Ma – her negotiation skills and assertiveness is something to be admired and emulated by any young professional. Now, I don’t expect to get to where she is in the next 6 months or 2 years (she’s got a decade on me! – but not sayin’ you’re old, Single Ma!), but just like saving for retirement, it’s never too early to get serious about managing one’s career.