I am only 6 weeks into my tenure (entry level). While at the beach, I have capacity and support multiple projects. This mostly has been research.
I want to develop on my own so that I am not caught off-guard in my next staffing, but without having the actual work-related tasks, I am not sure how to approach this. Especially when it comes to PPT and problem solving (excel i can take online courses). Drawing "mckinsey" slides seems like something you need to get constant feedback on to improve and PS seems not very easy to do when you don't have a problem to solve.
So far in the PS sessions I haven't been able to contribute much since everything has been so high-paced, and since I thought that I didn't have something valuable to add. I participated for me to get exposed to the experience, so I thought it is normal that I haven't been able to contribute much, but after each one, the feedback I have received has been "you need to speak up more".
So my questions:
- How to work on becoming a better "problem solver" and adjusting to the pace without an actual project?
- How to become better at making "Mckinsey" slides without a project?
- Any tips on practicing more assertiveness?
- Should I spare time off my weekends to polish these skills (plus excel)? Or should I just work in the week and leave weekend time completely clear to avoid burning out?