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    Hi guys,

    I started a new job 3 weeks ago as an Industrial Placement student (first ever office job) and I feel that I'm doing well - especially when I have been given so much responsibility already.

    Despite my enjoyment in the role thus far, I was only given a disappointing 4 and a half days "training" (Handover from last years IP) and my manager doesn't like me asking questions. This has proved frustrating and, despite being on top of things at all times, I feel my manager wants more and this seems unrealistic as I have progressed/learnt so much in 3 weeks with little to no help. I'm working really hard and doing my very best so hopefully she will gain confidence in me as the time goes on. My role is completely "self-sufficient" i.e. I'm the only person in the company that actually understands the role (my manager doesn't even understand, I'm training her next week!). I'm on top of things, everything is going fine in the actual job, but my manager is constantly asking if I'm "drowning" and making comments like "maybe I should have more confidence in you".

    How would you recommend I "manage" my manager?

    I've had managers like that in the past and they are such a pain!
    Maybe you just need to prove to her how capable you are, it might just be that she's had a bad experience in the past with an industry placed person or something like that. It's a good idea to make friends around the office though, so you can prove the same to them and they might even put in a positive word for you.
    Whatever you do though don't talk back, after months of my old manager like that I had enough and gave her a piece of my mind, it didn't end well, luckily it was a rubbish job anyway :ashamed2:

    How do they even get hired as managers anyway???

    Stick with it. These things have a habit of either ironing themselves out or coming to a sudden resolution.

    It's hard to give you any direct advice as they'll be nuances to the relationships you have that are too hard to analysis over a forum. Needless to say, whatever happens, your 20's (presume you're in your 20's) is the time for these sorts of experiences. Your manager making comments like that demonstrates she's probably relatively incompetent at her job...so give it time and you'll learn how to deal with her shortcomings or, if you want a Machiavellian twist, take advantage of them.

    The fact that your role is 'self-sufficient' should be considered a great experience, so take solace in the fact you're on top of everything and just push through the next few weeks

    Good luck!
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