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I think that you first have to look at your own situation and understand what you have to offer. You have completed a somewhat niche master with not so practical skills, and that in any case are not so in demand in the job market. You are not considering to move towards locations where job opportunities are present. You exclude companies based on political ...


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So you have no real life experience with anything, but you want to teach others to be experts... While the entire world is in the middle of a crisis, when businesses close and so on... To add to your problems, the world is full of people who want to teach others (let's be honest, we all want to believe that we are smart - who willingly admits that they are ...


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After Olaf Scholz (minister of finances) was in TV yesterday, things are still as unclear to me as they were to you yesterday. People were able to ask him questions. One question, asked by a young mother, was how she will cope after using up her overtime. Here's what he said: Germany just released a huge money package. The government talked to the employers ...


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Yes, you can be forced to take your vaction. The relevant laws can be found in the Bundesurlaubsgesetz. It declares that wishes of the employee have to be respected in regards of the vacation dates, if no pressing operative needs are opposing it. The common interpretation of this paragraph is that vaction cannot only be rejected but also enforced by the ...


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If you still have all your 2019 holidays not taken, then it is really urgent that you take them, or most likely you will lose them by the end of March. Your employer shouldn't even have let it get that far. Your employer absolutely should tell you to take these holidays as soon as possible. I'm not entirely sure if you need to take all the holidays till ...


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I'm not so sure about the legality of this move. If it's about left over vacation from 2019, yes that might be legal because this vacation usually has to be taken in the first three months of 2020 anyways, but otherwise there is no general right to force employees to use their PTO for this, surely not for unlimited time and if you could continue to work from ...


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If you have days from 2019 then you actually have to use them by April, otherwise they might be lost. Allowing you to take them into 2020 is actually already a favor. While nobody is telepathic enough to know what your boss thinks, sending you home doing no work but paying you anyway seems a very weird way to get rid of you. The whole point of firing you ...


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Are you specifically (or a small fraction of the workforce) being singled out to take a vacation, or is a broad swath of the company being sent home? The former is potentially concerning; although even there the devil is in the details: ex forcing the cleaning staff to take vacation when the rest of the office are working from home shouldn't be a red flag ...


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my manager is forcing me to take a yearly vacation due to coronavirus outbreak ? That's not unusual at the moment. Many businesses are struggling and have closed offices/stores. Taking vacation is one tool to deal with this. is it a sign of getting rid of me or fire me? Impossible to know. You need to ask. Are you the only one or are other people in ...


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Have you considered a sales engineer or professional services role? These require people with wide-ranging engineering skills capable of talking to both customers and the company's engineers, and putting together demos and prototypes at short notice. Typical downsides include sales compensation (good when you hit your quota, bad if you don't), potentially ...


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University research engineer? The jobs I see advertised there often require a flexible engineer who can help design, build and program experimental devices and test builds. They often don't advertise their jobs on the normal job boards - you have to apply directly. (I live in UK, so maybe things are different where you are).


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Don't sell yourself short You have experience and you did stuff. Now you need to define what is this stuff. Begin listing all your achievements this last years, have someone review it and again don't be too humble. This work will allow you to find out (hopefully) that you're not en entry level engineer but someone competent and experienced that deserve a ...


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Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, just an expat working in Germany which happens to know people in your position. First of all, it sounds like you're in a very tricky situation, in my opinion too tricky for you to handle on your own. Again, in my opinion, the safest thing for you to do is to talk to an employment lawyer as soon as possible, due to the following ...


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what kind of severance payment should I expect in case they fire me None There is no such thing as a mandatory severance payment. Companies do pay severance packages, either because they think it's the right thing to do, or because an employee sued for wrongful termination. The problem in Germany is that courts are so overworked with cases that a judgement ...


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I respect your assessment of the situation as you being bullied. No one likes being bullied; it must be very difficult to go to the office every day knowing that you'll be treated poorly. There may well be financial reasons why your boss is trying to force your decision, as you've hinted at. But, as a frame challenge to your question, I'd like to point out ...


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