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  • JMac 2:00 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acronyms, boss, correspondence, email, , , ,   


    If you have worked or are currently working for the U.S. government or are being supervised by a U.S. government employee (as I am), you may be familiar with the acronym obsession.  Occasionally I receive emails that are almost entirely in acronyms.

    For example, just a few weeks ago I received this in my inbox:  “FYSA – wonder if POTUS will discuss this with Pres. SBY?”  The translation:  For your situational awareness, I wonder if the president of the U.S. will discuss this with the president of Indonesia (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono).  The most entertaining part about the acronym POTUS is that it consists of the same amount of letters as “Obama,” and therefore has almost no use outside of a habit of using acronyms wherever possible!

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  • Ellen Miller 6:02 pm on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , boss, , long distance, organizational change, supervisor   

    Working from Afar 

    As usual, I’m pulling behind on posts, but last week I didn’t have a lot to share as I didn’t end up doing a lot in my internship. Just a recap in case you missed the last post: the company that I am interning for released all of the city editors. What does this mean for me? My boss is now in Los Angeles. While I wasn’t working (in person) with my supervisor in D.C. on a regular basis, I did see her fairly regularly for lunch, and we had constant communication throughout the day via IM and email. (More …)

  • Wyatt 3:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boss, , , , , new job, paid, , transfer   

    Never Say No 

    My boss strolled over to my desk one afternoon and congratulated me on a big project that I had just completed.  He then mentioned that there was an opening at a different building to do something new.  “Would you be interested?” he asked.  After 10 weeks of working downtown in the Harry S. Truman building of the State Department, I was moving.

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  • Alex Priest 1:14 pm on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boss, , , , fall, independence, nms, parttime, responsibility,   

    Fewer Hours… More Responsibility? 

    Certainly looks that way!

    It’s been a tumultuous couple weeks here at CEA. All in a good way, but just a little crazy. My supervisor–and now good friend–moved on to a new job last Friday with New Media Strategies and now I’m finding myself increasingly independent, and with more and more projects on my plate!

    I’m thrilled! Never before have I had an internship that really provides me with this level of independence and responsibility, and individual control over the projects I’m working on. Of course I’m still asking plenty of questions and getting permission for the big things, but this is the first time I’ve really felt like the work I’m putting in is coming out with some real results.

    That’s one reason I’m almost a little sad that I’ll be switching to part time in less than a week, going from about 40 hours a week to almost half that. But at the same time I already get the feeling that, while my hours will be less, my responsibilities and independence will remain largely the same. It might mean work is going to be a little more frantic to get things done, but I’ll just have to kick my butt into gear and work hard to be productive each and every single minute I’m in the office (not that I don’t try to do that all the time!).

    The next few weeks will be interesting as our office hires someone to take my former supervisor’s place, and as we get closer and closer to the biggest events of the year for the CEA. Add in school, other jobs, and on-campus responsibilities, and I’ve got the making for a hectic semester but I’m excited about it nonetheless. In my experience, the busier I get the more rewarding I find my experiences–I’m sure this semester will be no different!

  • Trace 12:14 am on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boss, , , , , ,   

    You’re working for free! 

    I have to ask cyberspace: Do you think they don’t know you’re working for free?

    I’ve had lots of conversations with other interns lately. It’s at the point where everyone has approached their supervisors and asked about potential positions, but many of the interns I’ve talked to fear talking to their bosses to get time off for interviews. One intern I know even told her boss she had, “a friend in town,” who she was going to, “have lunch with.” Two hours later she returned, apologized and went back to her desk.

    Ideal situation? Not particularly. This short post has really just the one point. Don’t be afraid to tell your boss where you’re going, the girl mentioned above got the job shortly after, came clean and her boss was ecstatic for her. Chances are, your supervisor wants you to succeed and would be proud to have you work somewhere. Unless they wanted to hire you, of course.

    I remind myself with a sticky note on the dashboard of my computer. Remember, it’s not like they don’t know you don’t get paid.

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