I am currently in the last year of my traineeship. I am currently working in europe but I came from asia. So my family is far away from me. Last time I saw them was last summer.


I have about 15 vacation days this year. I can use them in two ways. I can either go back to my country or I can stay here and use them whenever I have an interview. If I don't find a job by the end of my traineeship, I will have to return back which I don't want.

I asked my supervisor to allow me to work from home like once a week. He did not allow me. He is quite inflexible.

What should I do?

  1. Use 12 vacation days to go home and keep 2 or 3 days for an interview

  2. Stay here and use all my days for interviewing(Cause I am terrible at interviews and I am sure I wont find a job till like the 12th one)

  3. Another way?

More Generally

How to find a new job, without using your vacation days, when you have an inflexible supervisor ?

  • Is your current job planned to end at the end of your traineeship? If so, you can take this issue up directly with your supervisor, without hiding your plan to go to interviews. – Patricia Shanahan Jan 6 '16 at 17:33
  • Yes my job will end at the end of my traineeship. Actually He says that if you want to interview then you should use your vacation days. – bbbbbbbbbb Jan 6 '16 at 17:36
  • Am I correct in reading that your intent for "work from home" is not to actually work but to interview elsewhere? – user10042 Jan 6 '16 at 17:38
  • @MichaelT Well my intent was to have a lot of flexibility for interviews since I can work on saturdays and sundays but I cant interview on these days. Ofcourse, I was going to report my progress weekly to him. – bbbbbbbbbb Jan 6 '16 at 17:46
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    If you don't find another job, you have to go home anyways. Seems like the priority is obvious. Plus, if you do find another job, your vacation days reset, then you can see your family. – CleverNode Jan 6 '16 at 19:30

You need to work out what's more important to you: finding a job in Europe or seeing your family. Once you've done that, the decision is easy.

Two possibly related points:

  1. Maybe you'll get a job after your first couple of interviews; problem solved.
  2. If you do use all your vacation days interviewing but do manage to find a job, you could always take a couple of weeks off between the end of your traineeship and the new job. No (good) employer is going to look down on you for "I haven't seen my family for a year, so I'm going back to visit for a couple of weeks" if they ask why you want some time off.
  • I dont want a delay between two jobs because it will end my chances of getting a permanent residency. – bbbbbbbbbb Jan 6 '16 at 18:37
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    I'm not suggesting you look for a job after your traineeship: you use your vacation days to find a job, and then go home after your traineeship finishes. – Philip Kendall Jan 6 '16 at 18:48
  • ... and then come back to start the job that you've already secured. – Bobson Jan 6 '16 at 19:20

Or ask your current boss if you can take some unpaid days for personal business, since the trip home burned most of your vacation. You usually don't have to day what kind of personal business, as long as everyone agrees they can spare you for that day.

"The object of the game is to be as honest as the law allows."

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