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Not to be rude, but if If you gave me any FizzBuzz-like question, I would expect to fail it. Then you can't code at all. The only thing fizzbuzz do is weed out candidates who cannot code. If you want reasonably respected coding qualification The only thing you can do is get mileage. And lots of it. Implement small webapps, small prototypes, write ...


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Speaking as somebody who has been a developer and a team leader in in this industry for a long time now... I don't care about your qualifications. At all. When I have your CV in front of me I care about your attention to detail with the CV (spelling, layout, font consistency), and I care about demonstrable relevant experience. By demonstrable relevant ...


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I have two interviews lined up, but I'm concerned that stagnation of the economy could lead to redundancies in any organisation, and as the "new guy" I'd be the first out the door if it came to that. Is this a valid concern, and therefore should I think very carefully before handing in notice given the current situation - or am I being melodramatic? You'd ...


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It's never a good sign - and I think you're correct to be concerned, but it doesn't necessarily reflect particularly on your current employer. Many companies the world over are struggling or facing an uncertain future right now and it doesn't necessarily mean that they were in a precarious position before this all started. ..to avoid redundancies across ...


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This: Due to my programming time at university, in a roundabout way, I've already learned. Does not align at all with this: If you gave me any FizzBuzz-like question, I would expect to fail it. Do you know where FizzBuzz came from? It is meant as a quick programming problem to screen out those who cannot code at all so that the interviewer doesn't ...


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At this time of coronavirus it's valid for a company to look at alternatives to keep afloat, reduced hours is one, redundancy is another, shutting the company completely is yet another. It's important to keep in mind that we in the UK are going to go through a very hard time, obviously this is speculation, but given past events and what's currently ...


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Yes this is a valid concern and no you are not being melodramatic. It's surprising to most employees how little capital some businesses actual have. You've worked there for 3 years what's another 3 months at which point we'll know a little more of what effect this has all had. My advice is to stay put at the moment. Note: If your company looks like it's ...


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The 80% of salary (up to £2,500 per month) is only for employees who are furloughed and are not doing any work. If girlfriend is doing any work then she must be paid as normal by her employer for that work -- whether she gets paid a full salary, or pro-rata, or per hour, depends on her employment contract. 80% of gross wages in the private sector, up to £...


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If the company genuinely has too many employees and not enough work, then they should accept you working reduced hours for reduced pay. Then when the work picks up, you go back to full-time. If the company's response is there is still the same amount of work to be done, then employees' jobs are not redundant - and it sounds like the problem is cash flow ...


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Start a project. Think of something you are interested in, that a code based solution would work well for (a simple noughts and crosses game, storing statistics of a D&D session, simulating rolling dice and reporting the results to a number of users etc etc etc) and then do it - put the code up on Github in a public repository, and learn. Improve the ...


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I understand the discomfort you must be feeling right now - but I'm afraid these are really questions you will have to direct to your new employer. But that said there are a few things we can clear up: Can my new employer move my start date back? (if so will I have no income for weeks/months?) This is a grey area - if they've already put your start date ...


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Am I entitled to Furlough payment, despite the fact I had handed in my 4 weeks written notice? In short, no you aren't entitled to it, the employer is the one who makes a claim for it and it's up to them whether they want to furlough an employee - they need the employee's consent to do so but the employee can't demand that the company furlough them. As @...


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Those of us with gray hair have likely had this happen on several occasions. It would not be appropriate for us to advise you on whether or not to accept these new terms. This is part of your personal career management. However, if you do choose to accept this, I would recommend you have: A clear list of criteria that determined why this request is ...


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It's easier to teach a violinist to play bongos than the other way 'round Remember that anytime you worry about your coding abilities. Coding is a thing you do need to know how to do. But it is not terribly hard, especially since computers and languages were invented by mathematicians. So the mindsets inherent in programming should come naturally to ...


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Bad situation. If you accept then make sure that you don't lose anything (beyond the salary). Negotiate with the boss. Reasonable terms would be a contract that says: This is a temporary change of your salary. It will return to the full salary as soon as the crisis is over. Any redundancy payment will be calculated based on the original, full salary. ...


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as the "new guy" I'd be the first out the door...Is this a valid concern Yes. But that's always a concern, especially if we head into a recession. I'd be more worried about new travel arrangements, employee onboarding during all this, new social interactions - Infection related concerns, rather than employment ones.


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Usually when they ask for volunteers, it means they are simply asking but later on some folks might be voluntold. As for the whole noble task, I must caution that you must see the benefits of it. At the end of the day, the company is protecting itself. By letting them profit, you get nothing in return. Now that sounds a bit selfish, but the company is ...


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I am a Data Scientist with a Mathematics Master's degree! I can share my own experience. Do Kaggle competitions!. Start with Titanic first, you can have a look at other people's code to give you ideas, write your own code and put it on your Github. Then you can try other competitions. This will give you experience on "real world" projects. There are not ...


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or am I being melodramatic? Yes, I think a little bit. It's just another factor to be considered. Realistically you analyse a companies stability anyway regardless of pandemics or anything else. During any economic problems some companies will actually do very well. The fact that you're looking at the larger picture is a good sign for your future in ...


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From experience (in a german startup), something to consider: Company asked for reduced work with reduced pay for a few months, that was okay for me. Later the company still tanked, leaving me unemployed. I immediately found something new, but if not, I would have gotten less unemployment money from the state because they look at the income in the last 12 ...


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According to ACAS, right now on the 26th of March, you have no protection against your employer's arbitrariness when it comes to working from home. You can talk to your employer, but the usual rules apply and they don't have to agree to anything or do anything in particular to protect your or society. It sounds like you've already done this? You might also ...


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what questions should I ask the interviewer? Ask whatever you need to know in order to make an informed decision. If you need to understand how communication would work among a distributed team - ask about that. If you need to understand more about the support role, what it entails, how often it would take you away from other duties - ask about that. If ...


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In this scenario, if you accept those conditions you'll be effectively subsidising your employer's business, in the form of the withheld salary you won't be receiving by working part time for a full time job. You have a few ways of responding: one way would be asking for a written commitment from your employer to pay you later a bonus in proportion to the ...


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Having a degree in Mathematics is no trivial thing. A lot of people can code, but only a small minority of these people can easily translate a mathematical problem into code, and that is very often a crucial question in sectors like fintech and automotive. What's more, it's known that when someone studies Mathematics, one also has to get an experience in ...


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My intuition says that what I'm being asked is to work the same for less compensation, which is unreasonable. If you find it unreasonable then your only option is to reject it, and take your chances that they don't let you go outright. My feelings are that the company is supposed to plan to survive bad situations - and the compensation I receive was ...


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According to Martin Lewis' website https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-self-employed-and-employment-help/ furlough may be available to you but it is up to your old employers. This has been clarified with the government. Lost your job due to coronavirus, or were in process of changing job? Furlough may still be available - but it's ...


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"£83,33" is how one might print the Sterling amount eighty three pounds thirty three pennies in a locale in which "," is the decimal separator, so it can certainly exist. This is just like writing €10.33 in the USA or UK, even though many, if not all, countries that use the Euro as their currency use a comma as the decimal separator. The other use of comma ...


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Ah, in a comment you said you are relocating from another jurisdiction. That gives you an opening to ask the company's benefits person (HR) to explain more fully, and you should do that. "I'm not from here, so could you please help me understand this private insurance benefit? Why does the employer and not the insurer need to see my records? Where I come ...


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The UK Government has announced that it will pay 80% of wages for those not working in coronavirus crisis. (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/20/government-pay-wages-jobs-coronavirus-rishi-sunak) So I think the answer now is to see what your boss says on Monday


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In the UK the use and processing is governed by the Data Protection Act.. This is a law that requires companies to use and store your data only for relevant specific purposes and under strict regulations. If the company has a relevant reason for having your complete medical history (a real reason, not just in their opinion) they can make you give it. If not ...


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