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I've been given a project I can't complete, what should I do?

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 ...
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Work study program, I can't get bosses to give me work

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 ...
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General Manager avoids signing agreement and is never present

Contact your university. If this is part of the course, there should be someone at your university who is in charge of ensuring that the placement is conducted correctly. Contact them and explain what ...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

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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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

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 ...
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Alleged sexist comments charges presented toward me

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 ...
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My employer overpaid me for my student work and ignored my email. Should I send a follow up?

Call them. If they have a HR or a payroll start there, if not speak to your line manager. Emails can easily get missed or lost. If they confirm it is correct then great you've got the money. If not ...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

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 ...
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General Manager avoids signing agreement and is never present

You are being taken advantage of. Write a memo to the manager, detailing exactly what you need and when you need it by, and make it clear that you "cannot" come back until he signs off on ...
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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

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. ...
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Work study program, I can't get bosses to give me work

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 ...
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How to decline a summer job (after a successful internship) that doesn't align with my career plans?

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 ...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

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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Alleged sexist comments charges presented toward me

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 ...
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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

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 ...
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I've been given a project I can't complete, what should I do?

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 ...
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New web dev job is very intimidating

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 ...
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My boss says I lack communication skills. What does this mean and what should I do?

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 ...
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Alleged sexist comments charges presented toward me

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)....
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My boss says I lack communication skills. What does this mean and what should I do?

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 ...
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How will a poor grade affect future job opportunities?

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 ...
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What do I do about an untidy engineering school tutor visiting my company soon?

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 ...
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I've been given a project I can't complete, what should I do?

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 ...
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Business etiquette on responding to bonus email from CEO

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 ...
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What would be a fair split of ownership for a new service I and another company created

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 ...
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Finding work as a paraplegic ( Wheelchair bound, paralysed)

I would suggest that you specialize in any form of accounting that specializes in building and construction, as that is your background. The book "What color is your parachute" Can help you find a ...
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Is it wise to turn down this job offer?

Is it wise to turn down this job offer? Yes. You are a full time student. Your first priority should be to get through university quickly and efficiently. Taking on a high pressure 5 days/week side ...
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How do I explain a wasted year gap? (2022 to 2024)

You shouldn't be getting downvoted for this very relevant question. Employment or education gaps are quite common. Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. What would you be looking for in a ...
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How to decline a summer job (after a successful internship) that doesn't align with my career plans?

"Internship you're not qualified for." This is a possibility in vacuum... for someone the boss hasn't worked with before. This isn't a possibility for you. Why? Because the boss has worked with ...
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