|Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 1):|
When I started in my current job, I was paired up with a guy who was busy on a project and obviously resented the distraction of having me around. I sat on my bum for almost a month before I got meaningful work. During that frustrating time I got advice from my wife and friends that I ought to talk to the boss and tell him I needed things to do. I took my own advice, though, kept a low profile, and learned what I could, when I could. Still, not a great indoctrination.
That was certainly a difficult time for you, but try to also see it from the other guy's point of view. If he was busy with a larger project, he probably worked extra hours anyway. Any additional hour he would spend with you would mean another hour less with his family, friends or hobbies.
We frequently have interns and trainees around, and the first thing I tell them is: look, I usually never come home before 7 or 8 pm. So I already have too little time for my wife and my private life. And I won't sacrifice more of it just to show you around. So if you want me to spend time with you, try to find something where you can help me saving time.
Some of them would be discouraged or even offended by that - I can't help it. I don't say it because I disrespect them. If I would, then I would not accept interns - simple as that. I say it just because it's a fact, and by pointing it out, I give them a chance to understand the situation, and process that understanding.