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Having lived in Germany for much of my adult life, and then in China, I find this question extremely interesting. One bit of scientific knowledge can be turned into an amazingly lucrative industry in the PRC. China has a family-oriented and strongly nationalistic society. Gaining technical know-how overseas can lead to incredible rewards at home. ...


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Is the 9-5 work schedule supposed to include all thinking time (time where I'm at the drawing board coming up with a solution but not actually implementing anything) and the time I actually get things on paper that my boss can see? Yes. Working time may involve thinking and planning time, as well as developing or implementation time. The problem is ...


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I've never had an issue with taking an hour or two during the day to do a doctor's appointment or go to the bank. When asked, most employers and managers will be flexible enough as they have the same difficulties themselves. Usually you might be asked to make up the time at the end of the day or throughout the week even if there is no official flexitime, ...


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Commonly handled in a way: You don't need car fixed very often, usually you can find mechanics that open at 7 when you start at 9. You don't have to set second appointment. Usually people are informed about what need to be done and pricing right away and they leave the car for fixing. Then they pickup car earlier in the morning or arrange mechanic to stay ...


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Talk to your colleagues/HR manager You can talk to your colleagues/HR to understand how things work in the local context (as you are an outsider). How do they handle such chores? (As it appears) you have relocated for the job. That way you may have additional tasks such as looking for a rental place and procuring necessary household stuff. I don't think it ...


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Yes it is. You are preparing for an internal meeting - internal meetings are part of your Job. You would prepare for a 121 meeting with your manager on company time or an internal project meeting. This meeting is part of that whole process of your personal development.


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This is a lot of work, but it's work for your own benefit, not your company's (similar to interviewing at another company, or even mowing your lawn). As such you should do it on your own time. Some workplaces will be OK with you doing personal tasks on company time, as long as it doesn't impact what you deliver. You'll need to judge whether this is ...


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