b) I am fully aware it is extremely competitive and that the other new joiner will see me as a threat... my problem is with the "I know it all " attitude and almost like patronising me... first few weeks I thought to ignore but now it is getting on my nerves. Barely has half the experience in tiny organisations but advantage of joining early, knowing people around. What should I be doing? Currently just ignore it and let my work do the talking which it does, but clearly only that won't cut me for promotion.
c) How do I connect with people/ career sponsors going fwd when I seem to be disconnected being at client site
d) Also, I almost feel like a 3rd wheel in the team as the manager and colleague seem to be having private hush hush conversations and I am only involved in when there is task allocation. I struggle with it and if this doesn't change , it will be hard to survive the entire project duration
You think that he might be patronising you, but your comment also seems patronising. I'm not sure which geography you've joined but in certain geographies a large amount is placed upon years of experience, in other geographies the length of experience is less important than the individuals actual skill levels and breadth of experience.
This is your first project with Accenture and it won't be the one that directly gets you promoted.
Deliver what you need to deliver, seek out other tasks to broaden the scope of your work, and don't get involved in any games and don't get unnecessarily paranoid.
You state the your Manager isn't great about planning etc etc, this is a common issue in Accenture and consulting. What can you do?
1) Write down what you think your objectives are, send them to your manager and set-up a meeting in his/her diary to review them. Do not leave it to them to set the meeting. If they fail to attend, ask for their written feedback. If they fail to engage at this point you need to be careful as you will be relying on their written feedback at the end of your project. Ask to go for a coffee with the Manager.
2) Volunteer to look after some of the project management activity for your Manager, this could be one of your objectives.
3) Get involved in one of the Accenture communities of practice to broaden your network.
4) Ask your career counsellor to help broaden your network and introduce you to people who may be able to give you a project you like better.
A lot of this might seem like a massive ba**-ache - it is.