Several months ago, I agreed to a new job in my company and I was transferred to my company's IT department. I agreed to this new job and departmental transfer because it would introduce me to a high-demand career and there was a significant bump in pay.
Before the transfer, I felt I was very successful and mostly fulfilled in my job. I truly felt like I was making difference in my company. I routinely provided deliverables for employees at the director-level and up. According to feedback from my supervisors and various coworkers, my work was above-average and highly-comprehensive . Many of my achievements in that role look terrific on my resume and will likely open up opportunities for me for years to come.
After transferring to the IT department of my company, I was given responsibilities that have very little to do with my new job title and written job description. My manager doesn't understand fundamental concepts about my job title and seems unable to assign responsibilities that pertain to the job I expected to do. When I mention those concepts, he quickly changes the conversation. He is now saying those concepts are low priority in the IT department. I requested to work on responsibilities that directly relate to the job I signed up for on several occasions, but that did not work.
I'm taking classes that directly pertain to my job title, but my boss said he will not provide assistance moving forward. On two occasions, I requested to go to one-day training sessions on cloud platform products that directly pertain to my profession and he said no each time.
There are many days when I can't easily reach my boss and when I do, I have to be very careful about how I word some questions and comments--a problem I never had with the managers I had in this company before this one.
A short time ago, I found out that my current manager has an intense hate my previous manager and the department I used to work in before the transfer, which makes me suspect that my departmental transfer was part of some type of a game. He doesn't care much for the work I did in the other department because I needed to use a data source that was slightly different from his preferred data source due to technological challenges the company was and is still facing.
Interestingly, my boss was actually directly warned by the CEO of our company about a situation pivotal to his team's performance and, long story short, he's officially on a one-year notice to improve or else--a relatively unusual occurrence.
I'm trying to interview for other jobs to get away from this unusual situation, but my manager is starting to keep a close watch on the vacation hours I'm using. It seems he's angling to find an excuse to fire me and he's going to use my repeated requests to use my vacation hours as a reason.
How can I avoid being terminated by this manager before finding a new job? I would hate to have to explain this termination every single time I apply for jobs in the future when the premise of it seems underhanded based on what I observed. I'm not even sure how I would explain it. How do I handle this situation in general?