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I feel left out at work as my colleagues speak a different language

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DEAR DEIDRE: THE people I work with speak in a language I cannot respond to and I feel like leaving my job.

They’re Asian and I have nothing against them but I find myself sort of being pushed out, as they all know one another.

I’m an 18-year-old guy and only started this job three weeks ago. If I leave, I’ll be kicking myself because it took me so long to find it.

Speaking to my colleagues about it is out of the question, as I’m not the kind of person who can do that.

I just feel so isolated. I find myself getting so worried about going to work that I’m nearly sick.

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DEIDRE SAYS: LThis is a real challenge but try to look on it as the beginning of you upping your skills for the working world.

None of us are born feeling we are the sort of person who can tackle tricky issues with colleagues.

We have to learn to develop confidence and determination.

My e-leaflet Standing Up For Yourself will help but tell the most approachable of your workmates that you’re feeling left out and ask if they will involve you in their chats.

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