Listed here are three updates from previous letter-writers.
1. Ought to I work with this investor or run for the hills?
My letter was really revealed the identical day I used to be leaving for a trip. Whereas I used to be away, I had a while to essentially mirror in your response and assume by my subsequent steps. What stood out to me essentially the most in your response was while you mentioned that this investor appeared cavalier about my safety; after reflecting on my interactions with him, I feel this assertion hits the nail on the pinnacle. I’m additionally extremely grateful to the commenters for sharing phrases of knowledge. Almost everybody was urging me to not pursue this chance. A number of folks had even expressed that they had been in comparable conditions that didn’t pan out the way in which that they had hoped. I knew in my intestine that one thing wasn’t proper, and I feel I simply wanted some validation.
I got here again from trip understanding I might not be collaborating on this alternative and curiously sufficient, I by no means heard from the investor once more. This gorgeous a lot confirmed precisely what I used to be pondering to start with, which was that he was maybe viewing me as a way to an finish. To be truthful, I didn’t hassle to achieve again out both. We primarily each ended up ghosting one another. I’m glad I didn’t spend any of my time giving him my concepts or data; my husband not too long ago began his personal enterprise, so as a substitute, I’ve been pouring my free time into serving to him develop it. It’s been extraordinarily fulfilling, and I’m able to get that “entrepreneur bug” out of my system!
I sincerely want this investor one of the best in his enterprise endeavors, however I’m pleased I didn’t take him up on this supply.
2. My new boss wants fixed reassurance
The excellent news is two-fold: Jim has had some wins in his space of labor that appear to have calmed his anxiousness not less than to the purpose he’s not fretting at me consistently about his personal work. He’s positively an anxious individual although — I hear from him not less than as soon as per week about how a lot he’s apprehensive that generative AI goes to take over his job. That’s simpler for me to disregard than a stream of anxieties in our one-on-ones although. The opposite a part of the nice(ish) information is that because of some large miscommunications with him, I carried out shared note-taking for our one-on-ones and that has turned out to additionally assist give our conferences higher construction. We now have a shared working doc the place we add notes concerning the present assembly on the prime and save all of the earlier ones under. We each add agenda gadgets to this doc. It’s positively serving to maintain our weekly one-on-ones on monitor and will get me across the difficulty that I don’t need his recommendation on something I’m engaged on as a result of I can assume extra rigorously forward of time about what to debate (oddly, he’s consistently suggesting I exploit generative AI on my work duties, although he’s tremendous anxious about this know-how — I ignore that recommendation too).
The dangerous information is that his anxiousness is the least of his issues. He works extremely quick on initiatives that actually want considerate work, says sure to the whole lot with no prioritization for our workforce which has resulted in us being signed up for work that’s nowhere close to what we ought to be doing, and makes lots of errors. After greater than a 12 months on this job, he nonetheless doesn’t perceive the basics of our technical discipline. I spend lots of time correcting his misconceptions, though I’ve realized it doesn’t actually do a lot good so I’m attempting to tug again on doing that too. My grandboss, Jim’s boss and my former supervisor, is very uninvolved in our workforce’s work to the purpose I doubt he’s seeing the vast majority of Jim’s errors. All this to say, I’m fairly positive I’m not lengthy for this job, which is disappointing as a result of it was once a fantastic place. I’ve employed a summer season intern so am planning to remain by the summer season since there’s nobody else to mentor them, however am pondering of giving discover on the finish of the summer season and dealing as a freelancer/contractor for some time. Very excited to be my very own boss! Thanks once more on your nice recommendation.
3. I intentionally over-claimed a tuition reimbursement (#3 on the hyperlink)
Shortly after I emailed you, I really obtained supplied a a lot higher-paying job at an organization in California and determined to take it, so I ended up simply paying the whole lot again in full and it appears like a weight off my shoulders. I’m a lot happier at my new job too and have so much much less stress. I needed to say thanks once more on your recommendation – it was very a lot appreciated.


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