New MBA Associate
First time poster here. I hit the desk as a new MBA Associate a month ago at a well regardedTech group. I've had a few "staffings" thus far but, outside of a few late nights for a deal that went pencils down, I have had almost nothing to do.
I am seeing that many of the other associates are working late nights. I do not currently feel like I am learning much and worry I may be falling behind. Definitely feeling some imposter syndrome. On the projects I've been staffed on I've tried to avoid the typical MBA associate pitfalls- have been doing essentially all of the analyst work, trying to ask insightful questions, not make the same mistakes twice, etc. Have a few questions, some more general than others:
- is it typical for the workload to be this quiet early on?
- Would you reach out to the staffer and ask for more? I have been advised against this.
- I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount I do not know. It seems like everything is learned in a piecemeal manner based on what you are currently staffed on. What would you recommend in order to get up to speed/ get ahead of the current method of learning everything as I do it for the first time under the pressure of a deadline?
- As of now I am hoping to at least stay through a VP promotion. The current VPs in the group seem wildly ahead of where I am in terms of knowledge/ experience. Have any of you seen someone from a non-finance background stay through VP and have success? I guess, how hard is this to achieve is what I am trying to gauge.
- Any other helpful tips for new associates would be much appreciated
Appreciate any feedback.