After a meeting this week, I decided to stay in the meeting room to do some work instead of immediately going back to my desk. Our project manager comes in theatrically (very expressive guy) and said in a sing song joking voice:
“What do you think you’re doing in the here? Just because you get good comments on your code doesn’t mean you can move up in the world!”
I was so stunned I didn’t even laugh and his demeanor changed as well. As if he was shocked by his own words. I asked was anyone meeting in there and he politely so no and left.
My very upward mobility (no matter how good I am as an engineer apparently), in that moment was a joke.
My life nor my career is in his hands though. I will be upward. I will thrive.
Y’all can stay mad.