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Senior and Junior

By jiansec ·
Hello, forum,
I came cross a difficult situation and need some adivice.

I was recently hired as a senior in a huge consulting company. Meantime,
A junior/new graduates was hired two weeks before me.

My seat is beside the junior who is also from my country and she is a Ph.D. We did talk a lot but not became friend yet. ( I prefer to maintain a professional relationship in workplace).

I was assigned the first client project yesterday but not the junior. She became upset. The junior asked me that if she can join the project. I am the only one for this project. I told her I was happy to work with her. But this is my first project and I am still in learning curve to adapt myself to the new company. I might not have enough time and energy to coach her. Also, this project does not suit to junior without any experience. But she insisted to join and said I should understand her situation and give her this opportunity because nobody helps her. I knew she had a lot of difficulties for her first job and I?d like to help her. But I felt she was rude and unprofessional too. Well, since I was not a skillful/politically smart one, I told her that she needed to talk to manager about it. ( I found I made a wrong move here later. I should be the one who charged). Manager agreed she can work with me.

I later found she liked to catch a job but doesn?t want to learn the basic methodologies and background knowledge. I want to be nice but I don?t want my project to be fucked up.
I dropped a line to manager explaining she needs more training and not suit able to this project at this time. I can imagine that she is going to hate me. It is not fun.

Am I doing right? How do you handle this situation?

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I was going to call you sir

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Senior and Junior

but you worked for a living.
If somebody who should look up to you won't. Get a chair. Stand on it, or hit them over the head with it, which ever seems most effective at the time.

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I took this junior on board

by jiansec In reply to Senior and Junior

Just like most posts, I got no choice but to take this junior on board even I have to sacrifice my free time. I found I spent more time on communicating with her than on project itself. Well, this is the lesson for a senior:
People management skills.

Thanks for all posts.

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