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I'd like to say it's the former, but then it's the latter that will see you progress in the workplace. There's no point being shit hot at your job, but then being stuck in the same position forever because other people can't see that, surely?
I like to pretend to myself that my self-esteem isn't tied up in my job, but surely it'd make for a much easier life to be lauded with ill-deserved praise than to go unrecognized and undervalued.
We're right in the middle of a massive round of budget cuts and redundancies, really draconian stuff. I was feeling kind of nervous because as much as I love my job, I also love not doing it and fucking off home early, coming in late, pissing about on the internet etc. I'm a terrible slacker and don't take much care in hiding my who-gives-a-fuck attitude.
Today I found out that not only have I escaped redundancy, but I've been commended on my excellent work ("You're more appreciated than you probably know") and will probably get a salary bump at my next performance review.
So yeah, definitely (2).
I'm really good at my job, I know I am, but it doesn't make me feel good. It makes me feel good when people let me know how good I am and recognise that this place would fall apart without me.
I'm not one of life's great careerists. As far as that goes, I've nothing more than your bog standard aspirations and motivation. That much is DiS-evident. But it's still pretty important that someone, somewhere agrees to employ me.
I always used to have the attitude that doing a good job was enough but found out in the last few years that it is just as important that people realise how good you are. I've seen good people lose their jobs because they were too modest, also seen arseholes get promoted because they constantly make sure management recognise when they get something right.
In the short term, the latter is probably more important. To feel comfortable in the long term, though, the emphasis should be on the former.
means you're more than likely to be ok about the latter
maybe this is just my experience of public sector jobs where it's actually about completing the work well rather than trying to be first in line for the next step on the ladder
I give it two years before you realise the public sector's just as full of backstabbing careerists as the private sector is... Maybe you got lucky where you work, admittedly but, having worked in about six different places in the public sector your last sentence definitely isn't the norm.
Having learned from this, I'm now very deliberately pushing the second one more and making sure I turn up at any meetings I'm invited to and ensuring I say something useful and network a bit so that senior managers make a note of who I am and what I do. Too early to see if it pays off...
At the same time I think the former is more important. If you're shit at your job but convince people you're very good (and I've worked with many people who do that), you're just a bit of a knob really.
I still dislike it. But you are so right about how important it is. I did a really good profiling exercise a few years ago and traced my reluctance to self-promote down to the way I was brought up to be modest and not 'show off'
I think I've also always been a bit suspicious that people who do it are bullshitters who are trying to ingratiate themselves to deflect attention away from their ineptitude but now I realise that's not (necessarily) the case and it's just something you have to do.
but I really hope I never have to do networking. Its not something I'd be good at.