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Goals

Come up with two or three goals for next year that make you a more proficient employee.

Because I have to.

Self-appraisal isn't a strong suit. Tell me what to focus on, that's cool. I'm gonna take a stab and say that a goal involving acquisition of a different position within the organization might not reflect best on me to my superior?
Permalink Send private email I am Jack's galvanized goal 
January 26th, 2006 5:54pm
There are books filled with "phrases for performance evaluations"  you could take a look at.

Try to pick something you can take solid steps towards achieving so that on next year's performance evaluation, you can show that you do what you set out to do.
Permalink The Notorious T.A.W. 
January 26th, 2006 5:56pm
(1) Learn (some new language that actually interests you)  gain:  a deeper understanding of programming from a different perspective

(2) Embark on study of (some new protocol or file format that is mildly interesting to you.  xml?  xslt?  rss?)

(3) working (some side project) that embodies all the above.
Permalink FullNameRequired 
January 26th, 2006 5:56pm
Well those three are more like the goals I'd set if I were in another position. I haven't written code for my job for quit a bit. Well, I have, but it isn't at all expected and nobody even knows I have. Just do stuff to make things easier on myself.

Kind of undermotivated is the porblem TAW. I'm getting raises and promotions doing this, but all I really want doing this is to not have to work as much. That's probably not going to happen, so I'll take the cash. The next level of promotion is just sort of bland. I'll get there if I stay doing what I am doing, no doubt. I just wouldn't be bothered if that weren't the case. What I'll pick up in the course of doing so aren't really marketable skills and to me at least, aren't all that technical or difficult. Just a matter of learning 'how stuff works'.

I dunno, I don't mind doing what I am doing, and since I started I have not dreaded coming in because I hated my job, the politics, or working with anyone. I get good reviews from customers and feel like I do a decent job. I just feel a bit like it's below me and I am stagnating.
Permalink Send private email I am Jack's galvanized goal 
January 26th, 2006 6:08pm
What's your job, you nit? :P

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Learn a new (language, platform, etc)

Get certified.

Close down an internet discussion board. [done!]

Philo
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January 26th, 2006 6:13pm

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