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You should already have asked for guidance at the very beginning, when you felt it was overwhelming - but better late than never. Immediately reach out to your superior / manager and make them aware of the situation. Ask for their guidance and suggestion on how to move forward, and what to be done / focused on to be completed in the time remaining. Is ...


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The general advice for this kind of situation is to present solutions to your bosses, not problems. "I don't have any work to do" is a problem. You're asking them to spend time and effort to solve this problem by finding work for you to do. (whether they ought to be doing that, given that this is a work study program, is neither here nor there. It ...


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You've learned two very valuable lessons. Don't play with other people's toys. It's dangerous to be right when those in power are wrong. These are not your computers. They are owned and run by someone else. If that person doesn't want you to play Minecraft on there - that's tough. Their house, their rules. I would absolutely encourage you to explore, ...


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I think you can just add them on LinkedIn without asking permission or talking about it face to face. Just build a network, you will never know when it will come in handy!


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So... unfortunately you have gotten into a bad pattern and developed a bad reputation and that's going to take a while to change. The point that @Terence_Eden makes is totally valid - these are not your machines, and they are not yours to do with as you please. You've violated a few basic conventions that may not have been well-enunciated and now you've ...


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You changed the command prompt so that at first glance or to someone without much training it would appear you had hacked the machine. Now you're dealing with the consequences of someone thinking you hacked the machine. You can connect these dots, right? You can try to prove that changing the command prompt isn't hacking the server, but it won't do you any ...


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Try Google Voice: http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html It provides a handy way to give out a number that you can use for the duration of the class, then discard. You can have the voicemail stored, forwarded, or even transcribed. And it's free.


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What do I say in this open court hearing in order to save my reputation and keep my current job. You simply answer all questions fully and honestly, and give your side of the story. There's not much else you can do here. I have a court hearing at the end of this working week where I will discuss with my rival contemporary who at this point remains ...


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I was wondering if it would be appropriate for me to ask my co-workers if I could maintain a professional network with them It's perfectly appropriate to invite anyone who you think would add value to your network. Depending on how you worked with them during your internship, and how they feel about you, they may not all accept your invitation. Don't ...


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There's a very good chance your boss wants you there to answer questions from the candidate, not to ask them. You can speak to what the job is like with complete authority. I would clarify whether your boss expects you to ask any questions at all. If I invite someone to "sit in on" an interview with a potential peer, I would not usually expect any pre-...


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Talk to your university. I'm not familiar with the particulars of French academia (and academia can vary more than many people think it does), but your university arranged this work/study program as a learning experience for you. If you're not doing anything productive or educational, then you're at risk of failing to meet the requirements that the ...


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To give an alternative option: Have you considered pushing back on the requirement? While I understand students need a way to contact you, I don't understand why it has to be a phone number. Telephone does not work very well for complex questions anyway (complex topics are hard to discuss without being able to write things down), and you may not always be ...


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You do not take or leave jobs based on what is best for the employer. You take or leave jobs based on what is best for you. It appears that you are at least ok at graphic design. Others might be better, but you're meeting this client's needs. You probably have some other skills, like listening to what the client wants or accepting change requests, that are ...


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I don't see any possible ethical concern. Both companies want to retain your services only part of the week, and you note that you will be able to balance the load. Both companies obviously know that you will be doing something else on the days you are not working for them. They won't care whether you will be studying, loafing or working another internship. ...


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You could attempt to add them immediately after you left. That way, who ever wants to connect can do so - and whoever doesn't aren't socially pressured into doing so.


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I do admit I did make subtle remarks on the status quo of females in the workplace. The first lesson is to not discuss topics of gender, race, religion, politics, ethnicity, etc. If you don't engage in these conversations then you are removing any possibility of your receiving any repercussions of these types of conversations. As to what you should do in ...


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I think you should set very clear boundaries about what your number is provided for. If these rules are broken you need to follow up. You should not be afraid of your students. Even if the contact was via email, 250+ messages is far from acceptable. I would also suggest bringing this up with other teachers and with the management of the school.


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Is there a chance they would have given me a project beyond my ability, which I cannot complete? That chance is actually pretty high. It is very difficult to estimate the complexity of a software project before you actually start to look into how you are going to implement the details. It is next to impossible to estimate the complexity of implementation ...


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I've been in your shoes. Nobody who knows what they're doing hires an intern and expects them to not need a significant amount of assistance. In a sanely-run organisation, you should have been assigned a team leader or developer who is familiar with the work to mentor you. If nobody has been assigned to mentor you, that raises some serious red flags, and ...


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Unfortunately "lack of communication skills" is a broad term. Usually means that you cannot communicate with your peers to effectively perform your duties. Might be related to the fact that English is your second language or could be due to you being introvert or could be they are looking for an excuse to end your internship and are going to use such hardly ...


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Work with him. That's it. And: Do it on friendly terms (approach him with the idea of learning from him). Make it open (always, always tell him what you want to do, and never ever let your classmates use you to their advantage). Make it clear that you want to help. Keep it for yourself, as long as possible. Otherwise you'll become tech support for every ...


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Check with your boss about questions he wants you to ask. Some places have a very specific list of questions each candidate is asked and others are more informal. He may have questions he intends to ask and you wouldn't want to cover the same ground. Usually when I have been involved in interviewing, I have coordinated with others who would be interviewing ...


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Your attitude in that meeting is of vital importance. You need to be sincere and apologetic. DO NOT be sarcastic or defensive, or make any attacks at all towards the complainer (if they are there). It's probably best to minimise your interaction with them as much as possible. Your general tone should be "I was making some general lighthearted comments ...


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From my empirical experience, what manager-types mean with communication in an IT context: Telling your seniors when you see that something might become a problem, for example when you were given a task to be completed by a certain date, but then you discover that for some reason you cannot finish it by then Telling your manager if something is bothering ...


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It's highly unlikely that a creative resume/ CV will work better for you than a standard resume/ CV. One of the benefits of asking for a resume or a CV is that the format is relatively standardized. That makes it relatively easy for reviewers to find the pieces of information they're interested while still giving the candidate the freedom to present him- ...


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Depends on what the rest of your grades look like from here on out. Having a miserable frade in Freshman year is not uncommon; many people need a term of two to adjust to being responsible for themselves, and many schools have tried making the Freshman year pass/fail for exactly that reason. So one bad grade just marks you as a typical semi-clueless ...


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Talk to your tutor. Simply tell him, "The office has a dress code of (Suit & tie / Oxfords and slacks / Button-up Shirt and Khakis). It's mandatory." Then just let it go at that. If he's determined to defy it, continuing to "nudge" him will only aggravate things.


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Let them know ASAP where you stand Let your supervisor know immediately where you stand on the project in terms of your progress. It won't feel good, but it's the best thing to do. It will only get worse for you if you hide the truth, and you may be surprised by how things turn out. They're usually not as bad as we make them out to be in our heads. ...


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We gave our people bonuses pretty regularly. The first time, we might tell them in person or an email. (With long term employees who knew there was generally a financial year end bonus and a calendar year end bonus I might not mention it.) Generally, they said thankyou, and I was never offended by anybody thanking me for a bonus. On the other hand, if they ...


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33% of a successful venture is worth a lot more than 100% of failed one. And essentially, they are offering to de-risk your venture (you still collect a salary, you don't need to pay for equipment or office space, etc.) - you get the chance at significant upside without any exposure to the downside. Don't overestimate the value of ideas, and don't ...


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