my manager just "hinted" that I will be put on pivot as soon as next week, which comes as a huge surprise to me.
Posting this i'm not arguing whether it is fair, or, badmouthing management for potential "shady" ways to handle this and basically finding reasons to pin a "under-performing" tag on me. I'm genuinely asking for advice for the situation i'm in.
Everything is made worse since I'm an international student who just got H1B lottery this year (now waiting for next step). So pivot could really ruin lots of things and not just limited to career development.
Has anyone been through this situation, especially with regard to H1B? Will it be withdrawn? Is there indeed a 60 day grace period for finding new employment for my case?
Faced with all these immediate problems, I hardly find the time to feel betrayed, frustrated or even sad. It's just overwhelming now.
Number 1 rule: document everything, in writing. You need proof that you are performing well. Completed a Jira story? Document all your findings, enhancements and changes on the Jira. Touched some code? Write clear, well documented and tested code. Don't get blocked on anything, ask for help actively. You need to build a case for yourself that you are doing your best and it has benefit the business in XYZ ways.
Number 2 rule: ask for frequent feedback. Set up 1-1 with your manager, their manager. Show that you are positively taking the Pivot and confidently that you will ride it out.
Number 3 rule: make yourself known. Help your colleagues, run or join the internal tech activities. Let people know you, it'd be harder for them to fire you.