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But on the other side I know that the best thing to do would be being honest and explaining my situation. You're right, honesty up front is better than setting yourself up for failure. At the very least you will make your manager aware that you have limitations and therefore cannot be blamed if the manager insists. The onus is on them to use the correct ...


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If they are requesting a 100% participation with attributable results, then give the sorts of answers that you would give when called on in a meeting in front of management. If that means saying nothing, go with that. If that means wishy washy non-answers, go with that. If that means being in a spot where you feel you have to be "true to your ideals" by ...


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There's too much hype around machine learning. Perhaps your boss and client are victims of this hype? The fact that they're putting all the responsibility on a single junior to implement the solution means they're not aware of the scope and complexity of the problem domain. You'll need to somehow give them a sense of what's involved and what are reasonable ...


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a survey on the employees' opinion of going back to work [...] the intent of the answer should be to come across as neutral as possible. Unless you're a professional doctor, you can avoid passing your opinion by stating that as you're not qualified to assess medical risks, you think it's important to stick to official directions issued by the healthcare ...


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You’ll need to cut down your bosses expectations. Doing anything useful with machine learning requires lots of learning first. That’s not something you can do in weeks. It will be months at least before you can do anything useful. Does it sound like you are not competent enough? Yes. He can try to hire someone who is competent enough and look at their price ...


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it was stressed at multiple occasions that this survey is not anonymous If they've stressed this to you multiple times, they are aware of the consequences of non-anonymous surveys - i.e. data on these is often skewed towards what people want to hear rather than the truth. This says they don't want an honest answer to the questions. If you have managers ...


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What can I give as an answer in this scenario to anyone asking why I haven't filled out the survery if I do not wish to do so without coming across as uncooperative? You can't. Either take a stance and refuse to fill it out or play along. There is no way here to not cooperate, but appear cooperative. Now whether the hassle of not filling it out is worse ...


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What can I give as an answer in this scenario to anyone asking why I haven't filled out the survey if I do not wish to do so without coming across as uncooperative? You either cooperate, and do what is asked of you, or you don't. If you don't, you could indicate that you don't feel comfortable with non-anonymous surveys as a matter of principle. Or, ...


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So the intent of the answer should be to come across as neutral as possible. Given: Telling the truth is something to "avoid at all costs" The company desires your participation You don't want to appear uncooperative or noncompliant There is one and only one clear option for you here: Lie. You can't avoid (increasingly pressuring) questions about your ...


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I do understand your concern and it's a vaild one. And it's not unlikely that your manager maybe let down because his expectations are not met. But it is as you stated yourself. But on the other side I know that the best thing to do would be being honest and explaining my situation. Also i think denying a unreasonable request is a skill you also have ...


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What can I give as an answer in this scenario to anyone asking why I haven't filled out the survery if I do not wish to do so without coming across as uncooperative? As the other answers have stated, the only way to not come across as uncooperative is to fill out the survey. Assuming the survey is just about going back to work, when confronted about not ...


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Of course vendors do this A vendor is not going to assume that you are generating a secret proposal, but that you are an underling being dispatched to gather information on behalf of your manager, who is either the decision-maker or at least closer to the decision-makers than you are. They want to win the business, so they look you up on LinkedIn/your ...


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You said the survey is about employees' opinion of going back to work after two months of work from home due to COVID-19. and possible answers nevertheless allow anyone who gets their hands on them to deduce certain political stances and opinions, which, given the current political climate, I'd like to avoid at all costs. This sounds like you ...


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but I have been programming since I was 15 so I have a fairly good understanding of programming I just want to stress here that being a software developer entails more than programming. Navigating the workplace, interacting with coworkers and (most importantly for your current case) dealing with unknowns are things that are all expected of developers in ...


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This is one area where I think school does people a disservice. School conditions you to believe you are failing if you don't already know the answers by the time the test starts. In the real world, some of the most interesting work you will do, you won't know how to do it when you start. The trick is to acknowledge you don't know yet, that programmers ...


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This is a conversation you need to have with your manager very explicitly. You need to ask the following questions and make it clear you're prepared to do the work necessary to meet the role. If you aren't, you need to ask how you can adjust the role or switch to a more appropriate role (you must have data to support your request). What is my role with the ...


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I am honestly not sure what role I am supposed to have Whenever you don't understand your role, you need to have a conversation with your boss immediately. Find a time to meet. Explain how you are feeling, and ask for clarification of your role. What you are doing now (slacking off, avoiding meetings, etc) will almost certainly lead to your dismissal if ...


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You are trying to balance expressing your actual preferences, where the survey is mandatory, in a company where the culture may disagree. I don't believe other answers have effectively addressed the question of how to express your feelings without creating conflict. From my perspective, it would be untrue to yourself and avoid a really important ...


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This is an excellent opportunity to use your training budget to learn a new skill. The company has identified: A topic it is interested in pursuing (Machine Learning) A person with the availability and aptitude, although not the knowledge, to pursue that topic (you) It's a no-brainer that if they want this topic pursued, then the right approach is to ...


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Most answers focus on the problem itself here so I won't add yet another opinion on how to best handle this. Instead I want to address the question that is probably lingering in the back of your head "Should I really take the risk of butting out on this assignment because that would be an admittance of incompetence?" First, if the manager gives that ...


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A vendor will use any means at their disposal to give themselves an edge in any sales competition. If they can get your boss on their side, then they don't need to work as hard on a level playing field with all the other candidates. There are a couple of ways to handle this. Firstly, make sure that your manager is onboard with you continuing your evaluation....


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