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I work as an engineer - two years as an intern and one year full-time as an Engineer level 1. Several months after graduating and getting hired full-time, I had a performance review due to decreased performance caused by adjusting to getting married, graduating college, moving out on my own, and simply working full-time all in the course of about a month. Since then I have gotten back to expected performance levels.
Where I work, in general, you get promoted to a Engineer Level 2 after 2 years of employment. I have only worked 1 year as a full-time employee, but I also worked 2 years as an intern which counts as half time towards promotions.
Most managers don't seem to be aware that time as an intern can count towards a level promotion. I would like to debate my case to be made a level 2, but I am concerned that I may come across as greedy/over-selling myself. Not only have other employees who were at one time interns not leveraged their time as interns, but I also had a performance review this past year.
I believe I can make a strong case for my promotion, but I cannot shake the feeling that I will come across as greedy.
Is it safe to make my case for the promotion, or should I be cautious and wait until next year?