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Performance review...

I've been working at this job for almost a year. I can't believe how fast it has gone. Today, I have my individual performance meeting. These meetings are par for the course, really, they happen about six monthly, but this one is making me a bit nervous in so much as it is only three weeks until my temporary contract is up. I've talked to other people who are getting up to the same date or have passed that date already and it seems there is no contract for beyond the initial twelve months. For some reason I thought there was.

I think I'm in good stead. I think I've done a lot of good in my role. It can be slow going at times and sometimes I'm unsure as to whether I'm actively engaging the people I want to engage or promoting the organisation. I guess it's a bit of both.

Promoting the organisation is a long game and I may personally not see the results of doing this. The problem with that is not being able to show direct results from my activity. At the same time, it needs to be done, particularly in regards to connecting with younger adults and people in aboriginal and CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) communities.

So, today I go in and talk about my strengths in relation to my work, the areas I feel I need to develop further to support my work, my aspirations, and my strategies and goals related to the work I'm currently doing and the work I'd like to do in the future (this includes how the organisation can assist me with training).

For these purposes I've learned to apply SMARTA goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely, and, oh god, something else starting with A). I've also learned to apply the 70:20:10 measure of learning (70% role related experience, 20% other people experience, and 10% formal training). The formal training part can be a bit difficult to define, though, so I'm hoping for some guidance with that.

Wish me luck!


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