First years- get your stuff together
Some drunken rants from a former first year:
Hello all, I felt compelled to share a couple of points after reading some of the forum's latest postings, hearing feedback from friends and coworkers, and witnessing an abysmal level of shortsightedness from some first years that haven't seen the real world.
My goal here is to help the sheep navigate their first year with a couple of pointers, and that is all I will offer. Take it or leave it.
1) Know Your Value
All of you are smart enough to understand the principles of supply and demand. If there are 6 first years on your team that all hate their lives and would take the next job that comes their way, and your MD's $1mn paycheck is riding on YOUR ability to process his comments, you better believe you have value. Take Saturday off, you won't get fired- or even scolded for that matter. You will simply be communicating to boss man that you don't stand for his shit.
2) Learn to Push Back
Is Kygo in town this weekend? Tell your ASO that you're dipping at 8 to pregame the concert- he may just respect that you have the balls to tell him, and it'll be a great conversation piece moving forward.
3) Learn to Play the Game
When you have a slow afternoon, don't send the associate your output immediately after you've finished it. Crack a beer, watch a show, and sit on the output for a second before sharing. The more drafts you get to your superior, the more they will iterate. This is simply a function of human nature.
4) Finally- Don't Sacrifice Your Principals for Anyone
Your director who insists that the Tuesday bake-off deck needs to be in his lap by Saturday night is likely an insecure child with a complex, who believes that getting the deck to seniors earlier than they expected will earn him points. He does this because his work doesn't speak for itself. Do well, and your work will speak for itself- and you'll find that you may even garner more respect than your a**hole director.
Aside from this, a few common sense notes:
- Dont respond to Saturday emails unless critically urgent (no, your bake-off is never urgent)
- If the meeting isn't tomorrow, the deadline isn't tomorrow. Quit falling for your VP's fake deadlines and communicate that you're too busy (even if you're not)
- Before WFH, bankers arrived in office by 9AM. Please quit responding to 8:15AM emails. It hurts all of us.
- Finally, learn when to drink a beer on the job. If your Wednesday night just turned into an all nighter- a cold Coors Banquet may just soothe your nerves enough to make it bearable.
Until next time- Irish Pitbull