Post # 1
So I just got a letter stating that I have an interview for a job (Operator for AIRPORT) , I believe the pay is a bit higher then what I get paid as of my current job. But the job I applied for is a state job…. I believe it probably has the same benefits as my job but maybe a bit better. Thing is, I’m actively TTC… I’m not sure if I should take this job? I know its not for sure if I get this job but I just want to be prepared just in case I do get it. My job right now is normally morning shifts & the job I applied for is basically every shift it just rotates, so I thought I ask for advice from you bees! Would you take it? Or what would you do?
I guess I’m more worried that if I do fall pregnant this cycle, what would it be like for maternity leave Etc.. & Im also worried what if I may have morning sickness a lot that I may call in for work… Aaaaah idk… This job seems really good but I’m just worried that’s all. Advice?
Post # 2
I would go for it. If stilll TTC, you have no idea how much longer it will take to get pregnant. I would not put my life on hold for a “maybe”. The only time I wouldn’t consider a job move would probably be 6+ months into the pregnacy.
Post # 3
My biggest concern would be the shift work, not the fact that you’re TTC right now. You never know how long it might take to get pregnant, and even if you do get pregnant this cycle, you could wait awhile to tell your employer. Finding out about their policies for maternity leave would be important (like, do you need to be working there for 6 months before taking leave? 12?) as well. But I’d be more concerned about down the line needing to work all different shifts with a baby – I would think that would be very difficult, not only just for setting up a routine within your family but also for finding childcare. Of course, this is all assuming you would plan to go back to this job after maternity leave.
Post # 4
I’ve done shift work and it can be really hard on your body. I was doing a 2-2-3 schedule (2 days, 2 off, 3 nights, 2 off, 2 days….etc). Two of my collegues got pregnant while I was working there and they both had to go on all day shifts and then day shifts M-F pretty early. This was a unionized government environment at a police station. I would check their policies. Also to be honest I got more irregular in my cycles while working shift work.
Post # 5
SadieBee: LarLa: yeah the shift schedule is my only concern so far, i know that I may have to work nights for a while and it may rotate to grave shift (hopefully not) and or morning shifts. It depends, it just rotates. That’s my only issue. hmm got about a 5 days to think if I should take the interview..
Post # 6
I would still take the interview. Even if you don’t want to work the job and do shifts, making contacts with another employer doesn’t hurt. Plus you might find out about other jobs available that could be an easier schedule.
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Post # 8
Daisylovex3: Ditto MrsSaltWaterTaffy! Remember that taking the interview doesn’t mean you’ll get the job or that you have to accept it if it’s offered. I’ve had interviews for one position lead to a different position, so it’s worth exploring opportunities at this new company. Also, it will likely take several weeks at a minimum for their hiring process to wrap up, so you will know by then if you are pregnant and can find out about their maternity leave policies before making a decision.
Post # 9
I would go for the interview, but would not accept the job if it is rotating shifts. I have had to work rotating shifts before, and it was awful, I ended up quitting after i kept getting in car accidents on my way home from night shifts.
Post # 10
You have to this about health insurance also. Are you on your own or SO? Health plans typically require one year before covering labor and delivery costs. Maternity benefits may also require a year at a particular company.
Post # 11
HiveFive: I have my own health insurance. I’m not with my husbands.
Im going to find out as much as I can with this new job so I’ll go and check it out myself & see how it goes with health insurance & maternity leave. Thank you bees!!! 🙂
Post # 12
Daisylovex3: as a nurse, I’ve done a lot of different shifts and the off shifts really affect some people, like me, while some people love it/need it for their childcare plan, etc.
I have worked these shifts:
3p-3a 3x a week plus one additional 3p-11p every other week (1 year)
3p-11p alternating 4 days one week and 5 days the next (2 years)
7p-7a 3x a week
and now 7a-3:30pm, mon to fri plus call time
personally you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to the off-shifts and I’m even considering other options now BC of the on call time. You really have to figure out what works for your and your DH’s lifestyle. My BIL works at an airport and his shifts are 3a-11a tues-sat. It’s a rough shift, and he says he never feels well rested.
Soo all of that to say…definitely interview find out exactly what the rotations/hrs are and then go from there!
I’m about to start the interview process for a new job and we are TTC as well. One of my main reasons for looking for a new job is something less physically demanding and better schedule before we have kids.
Post # 13
I had a job opportunity when we were first TTC, and I ultimately decided not to go for it because you have to be employed a year for most maternity leave coverage/FMLA. Also, the company seemed a little less compassionate towards families than my current company, so it wasn’t a good fit for someone at my life stage.
Post # 14
Forgot to add, I’m looking at options within my current company so that means that maternity coverage, leave etc are not a concern for me.
Post # 15
Daisylovex3: As others have said, take the interview! If you get the job, you can then decide if you want it or not. If the money is better, but you want to stay at your current job, you could even try using it to negotiate a raise at your current job. But interviewing at least gives you more options!