Miscommunication at work 

I'm upset because a month ago I asked our group secretary what I had to do to extend my contract again because it will run out in June, and she told me to just send her the same documents as for last year's extension: a timeline of what I'll do during the additionnal time and a list of what I've done so far.

I checked last year's documents and it was a timeline and my CV with list of publications, so I assumed that's what she meant and sent her and asked it it was ok.

Miscommunication at work 

She probably checked it, because after I met with my professor and he said he'll only extend half a year, she told me to change the timeline accordingly.

And now out of nowhere, she wrote me she was called by the head of the institute who has to approve the extension, and he had questions, without more details. She copied my ex-supervior in the email who said that the timeline was indeed lacking details, and I was just like :blobsleepless: ????

Miscommunication at work 

Previously she had told me that it won't be prolongated a third time so in September, 3 months before the end, I have to declare myself as soon unemployed so when the time come I get the unemployment benefits. I said good to know and wrote that in my calendar.

Miscommunication at work 

So yesterday I asked her what her email was about, and she explained that most people write a 3-pages document justifying why they didn't meet the previous end of contract and why they need more time, and that's is very hard for the professors to get extensions approved. And that this guy usually never calls so my application for extension was so bad that it reflected badly on our group.

Miscommunication at work 

And she asked if I had registered for unemployment since the end of my current contract is in less than 3 months now (by 3 days), and she lectured me that she told me I had to take those deadlines seriously and us students can't see the big picture and now I have a bad reputation here and I'll probably never get a post-doc in this institute.

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Miscommunication at work 

And ok, I recognize I just look at my thesis and not at the big picture of the institute, and maybe it should have been obvious that applying for a contract extension is not just another formality (even if they were rumors that all students would get extensions before of the lockdowns), and she shouldn't have to babysit phd students.

But also???? Why didn't she or my professor told me that it was so bad before sending it to be approved by the head of the institute?

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Miscommunication at work 

My ex-supervisor is asking me to send her the missing documents before I send them higher, so in an hour when we meet I'll have to explain that I send the bad timeline to our secretary a month ago who sent it higher herself, and that I don't actually know what missing documents there was since nobody told me anything.

I'm so upset I've spent the whole morning rehearsing explainations to her in my head. And I'm going to disappoint her! Again!

Miscommunication at work 

My ex supervisor was on my side :blush_cry:

Miscommunication at work, c-ptsd, physical exercice 

I took me a couple of hours to break through the emotional flashback of feeling unfairly punished. I think exercising helped the most? I did a small Darebee exercice with a borrowed heavy kettlebell, which was quick enough that I don't get bored, and I was feeling better.
And then I started writing a proper report as my supervisor advised and already sent it too her!

I think org-mode is the best solution so far against my tendency to spend days perfecting the template of anything I write, instead of actually writing the content.

Miscommunication at work 

@Yulran ugh, I'm also sorry for this academic bureaucratic nightmare. I hope it gets sorted out ok and you're soon done with these folks. And whatever's next is a much more supportive experience!

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