Do I Take A Maternity Leave Contract?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hhhmmm tough call. The only thing I can say is obviously they have no problem with people taking Mat Leave at this company since the woman you’ll be replacing is on Mat Leave. Then again, once your contract is up, they have no obligation to give you any position so it is a risk. I would stay with the secure job if you are TTC. Once you have a baby your career priorities may change – security and flexibility may be more imporant than a challenge or progression. Personally, I’m comfortable putting aside my career to have children. Having a family is more important to me so that is where my focus will be and I would take a job that fit in with my family life. If I couldn’t find such a job, I would just stay home. Actually, I think my preferance would be to stay at home, and am currently counting how long I have to pretend to do this “work” stuff before I have a legitimate excuse not to care anymore. So yes maybe I’m really not the best person to take advice from.

At the end of the day, follow your gut re the job. But don’t put off TTC

Post # 5
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359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I think it might be a good fit.  It seems like you should try to plan on TTC after the year is up, or late enough into the year that you wouldn’t need leave until after it is up so you don’t screw over your employer, but a lot of new moms opt not to come back after their leave, so you might get a long term position that way, or they may make one for you if they love you.  If not, and you find yourself unemployed at the end of the contract, maybe take that as a sign that it’s time to take a break and TTC, then get back to the career search once your baby is born.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think you should delay TTC. You never know when it will actually happen, go ahead and take the job–they will deal with it if you need to take maternity leave. 

Post # 8
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Songbird29:  Hello!

What happened with the job and your decision? I would love any update on this matter since I’m in the similar position!

Post # 10
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Songbird29:  Hi there! Definitely please keep me posted!

As for me I just interviewed with a reputable fotune 500 company yesterday for a great position but they told me it’s a contract at the interview.

I JUST got a message from them that they want to offer me the position!!!!!!! So excited! But, I should wait until I know the details of the position and discuss with my husband as well.

I think I will take it unless it’s a hugely disappointing detail because I am miserable at my current work and hate working with my boss, also I really need an expertise position to further my career…

What do you think?

 

Post # 12
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1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My best advice to you is what Sheryl Sandberg says in her book, Lean In (not a great book, but a few tidbits of wisdom here and there). She says to not leave before you leave, meaning don’t check out of your career way before you’re even pregnant. You have no idea how long it will take to conceive and this is a great opportunity. Take it!

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