evildudette

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  • Location Friedrichshain, Berlin
  • Nationality English
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1987
  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Congrats! They don't do this in Friedrichshain, but I wish they did! 
  2. Why are you unhappy today?

    To add to my financial luck, I just got a Vollstreckungsankuendigung courtesy of fucking GEZ. There's one thing getting it, but it arrived 9 days after the date on the letter and I was given ten days to pay, meaning it was completely impossible to actually pay by the deadline, given how long it takes Sparkasse to do transfers.   Not that I have the money to pay it anyway.
  3. Why are you unhappy today?

    Haven’t quite decided whether this is an unhappy or a vent yet, both realistically. I accepted a job on the other side of the country as it was basically my dream job, giving up my own company to do it. Took a second visit there to sign the contract and spend some more time in the office and they turn around and tell me they aren’t sure I’m a culture fit, so we came to the conclusion I would consult for 3months and go from there. Ok, fine. They spend ages haggling over price, trying to pay less than what they offered me as a full time employee (erm....no.) So they keep pissing about but we are generally in agreement.  I make financial obligations on the basis of all this as they couldn’t wait any longer, rented out my apartment and sorted everything as I was due to travel the couple of weeks before starting. They sent me a contract which they said was 3pages, one page of basics and 2 pages of data stuff. In fact it was 9 pages long ( their employee contract was only 6) and was nothing that any right minded person in a million years would sign. I told them this nicely and what changes are required, even sending a copy of my own standard consulting contract we could use instead. Now I’m on holiday, due to start on Monday, and they cancel the whole thing because I negotiate too much about everything. I’ve rented out my apartment already, I turned down two very good contracts to do this, have nothing else on the horizon and am on the line for high financial outlay I can’t afford. I can’t even afford my rent and I’m completely fucked, I’m so pissed off right now,   Yeah there were red flags, but this is utterly ridiculous.   yeah, this should have been in the vent thread. I needed to get that out.
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    They will want paper copies rather than anything digitally.  Take the paper copies with you - they do not keep originals. Mine then went through the application form in order and looked at the original, checked it matched the copy, and took the copy. It would save time if everything is already in the order it is on the form, mine wasn't exactly the same and so I was constantly flipping through my binder looking for the right thing, as I'd ordered it in a way that made sense to me, rather than copying the form.   I wasn't asked for a Lebenslauf of any kind, although I did prepare one just in case.   Disclaimer: You're in Pankow and I was in Friedrichshain, so might not be the same.
  5. Questions you have been afraid to ask... in case you look stupid

    I don't fully understand what you mean with your question, so I'm going to guess at its interpretation.  A lot of women are different clothing sizes on top and bottom, and buying a bikini in two separate halves means they can buy each half in the appropriate size.  For these women, buying a bikini as a set means you tend to end up with one half too big or too small.
  6. Moving soon – (how) can I vote in the EU Parliament elections?

    I’m not sure. I initially registered to vote years ago as a Brit but received citizenship in March. I didn’t actively update anyone, although I would assume probably German.
  7. FFS

    Sausage rolls! How could I forget sausage rolls?!
  8. FFS

    Plus ribena, galaxy caramel, mint aero (the majority of my list is chocolate based), paxo, medicines, bacon, Lincolnshire sausages.  I got back from a trip earlier this week so am currently well stocked :D
  9. Moving soon – (how) can I vote in the EU Parliament elections?

    I received mine a week or two ago.  Also received papers in the UK but I will be voting here.
  10. What is your hobby?

    This thread has made me realise that I no longer have hobbies. Unless you count accumulating degrees as a hobby.   Need to remedy this!
  11. Additionally, reading is a key part of communication: no one called the OP "an admin person".   Approaches to work often fall into two types: result driven and process driven.  It sounds like a lot of your conflict results from the fact you appear to be results driven and your boss is process driven.  You need to match the workstyle of the company to your own or you will always be unhappy.    The comments about hiring over-qualified workers results in them being unhappy might be true - but it is also the fault of the applicant for accepting those positions in the first place. You can't really blame a company for wanting increased expertise for lower pay if they can help it.  It's not the approach I personally wold take, but I can understand it.   To answer a couple of your questions: Yes, German companies like certificates and no, they don't seem to consider transferable skills at all.  One of the reasons I chose to do an MBA was because with almost a decade of experience I was still being asked why I studied Philosophy.
  12. Bank no longer accepting my iTan numbers

    The SMS option might not be around forever. Sparkasse is phasing it out and is forcing me to either download an app or get a Lesegerat - I think from the middle of June - if I want to continue online banking.
  13. Freelancing after losing job

    This is exactly what Probezeit is used for.
  14. So you quit your job and are planning a move to another city without a signed contract for your new position?
  15. Why are you happy today?

    Graduation day today!