I overreached by taking a group supe job. Have you ever seen anyone take a step back down the ladder (with corresponding pay cut) while remaining at their agency?

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Are you sure you’re not still settling into the new role? Have you given it time to work itself out? They wouldn’t have offered the role if they thought you weren’t ready.

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I would be easier on myself and go for it. While you might be feeling the imposter syndrome, you forget that nobody knows what the hell they are doing. Go study and ask questions and be curious. Don’t take a step back and take a pay cut cuz you think you overreached. You didn’t. You belong there… you need to believe it.

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If this GS role is at a new agency then know that regardless of the industry, it takes the average employee 6-8 months to feel comfortable w/ that company’s processes. And if it’s a role requiring new responsibilities it can be even more challenging.

Don’t be hard on yourself. Ask questions and give yourself time to grow into the role. I’m willing to bet you’ll you’ll be successful. And big congrats on the promotion!

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How long were in your the group supe role? If it was short, I’d just remove it from your resume. No one’s going to sweat a gap of a few months in your resume.

I also wonder if you over reached or simply need more time to get your footing? If someone hired you at that level you may be ready for it but not as ready as you would have liked? My point being don’t give up too soon maybe? Either way best of luck! You’ll be fine in the long run.

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I have not. I think there are too many perceived potential political problems (so many Ps!) like loss of credibility and whether it was your choice and oh, no will they demote me too and why did they just get fired.

However are you sure that if you go to your boss and are honest, that you won’t get the support you need to get where you need to be? And that maybe you aren’t as far as you think?

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Thank you all for the pep talks. They helped me a lot. I’m very new, so I definitely need to give it some time. Appreciate y’all.

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OP, was this a promotion within an agency, or a new job with a new agency? If it’s the former, I definitely feel your supervisors will support your development in the role and will champion your ability to thrive.

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In my experience most people in our industry aren’t qualified for the roles they are in so just be patient and work hard

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It’s the old adage, “Fake it till you make it.” Most people who are promoted are not capable of their new post.

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I would recommend having the honest conversation with your manager. I’ve had many of these talks over my career - whether it’s someone needing to step back, cut back their days, or press “pause” on getting promoted so they can focus on things outside of work for a while. You should be prepared to accept a pay reduction, but probably not all the way back to what you were before being promoted. I would also work with your manager to put a plan in place where you can develop the skills you need to succeed in this role when you’re promoted into it again.

If you take this approach, your manager and senior team should respect you more and this could actually benefit your longterm growth in many ways.

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Thank you. This sounds like a great way to proceed.

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Checking in to see how you’re making out. Sent you a message

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AD1, this is very kind. I’m OP, I briefly removed fishbowl from my phone because I was spending too much time on it, so new account.

It’s been a rough ride so far. I’ve worked 28 of the last 30 days and on my two off days, I moved. I’m exhausted and very overwhelmed.

On the flip side, I have learned a lot and done some good work in really challenging circumstances. The most important thing I learned is that I was right - I am lacking in some key skills because I’ve had a strange career up until now, and I have also been afraid to ask questions.

My boss has been really understanding and cool. Im going to take the step back, knowing what I need to work on and with clear goals for the future. It’s a move im happy with. Still can’t sleep, though.

Hope you’re not just second guessing your skills/ability/worth and psyching yourself out. I’ve been there before and it’s the worst. Try to see if you can talk to someone in your same position/title at the agency and use them as a mentor.

I’m def psyching myself out to the point that I can’t sleep at all, but I also know I’m lacking some key experience that I didn’t realize I was lacking. It kills me because I don’t want to let anyone on the team down or make their lives harder because this business is hard enough. And Im finding it hard to ask for help at a new agency.

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