How do I start giving 150% at work?
February 18, 2013 9:51 AM Subscribe
I recently started at a new job that's going very well, and there is tremendous room for growth here in the next year or two. In order to get where I want to be, I need to start working a lot more and a lot harder. Difficulty level: I'm in grad school part-time and have an active social life.
posted by anotheraccount to Work & Money (32 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been at my job since November and I love it - the people are great, the work is challenging, and there is tons of room for growth. My boss' position is probably going to be open in the next two years, and I want that job.
Today I made a stupid misstep in asking for some time off, and the head of the organization (my boss' boss) pulled me aside and said that he thought I was doing a good job, but I need to do more in order to prove to him that I would be able to take on this higher position. Specifically: working 50 hours a week or more, working harder, and taking more of a leadership role in the agency. He said he was understanding that I had a lot to juggle with school, but I need to find a way to do more.
The problem is that I am currently in the second year of a three-year part-time grad program. Two days a week, I work eight hours and then go to class for three. This semester, I've had tons of homework and I spend all day Sunday doing that. My boyfriend and I just moved in together and I have friends who I already don't see enough. I asked for the time off today because I ended the weekend feeling just as exhausted as I did on Friday afternoon.
But that's not really a luxury I can afford anymore. I want this higher-level job badly. This is a golden opportunity and it will not come again. But I just don't know how I can do more than I'm doing without completing collapsing under the weight of work, school, and social life.
How do I do this? Should I consider taking a leave of absence from my grad program? How do I steel myself for working extra hours when I end most days exhausted now?