Post # 1
I’m in my last year of undergrad, and finish out in May. Fiance and I are getting married a few months after graduation in October. Hopefully I will have a nice new first job (I’m a journalist) and Fiance will too. (The plan is to move wherever I get a job).
But I’m planning my honeymoon right now. I don’t know how much time to take off because I don’t know what kinds of vacation time I would have at this new theoretical job….
If I just go ahead and plan 2 weeks away, would it be a hinderance to my job search? I can imagine being like “oh I can start tomorrow! but, in october, i’ll be gone for 2 weeks…)
Post # 3
I would plan it anyway, and when you have a job offer, you will need to tell your employer up front about your wedding and honeymoon. You’ll be their strongest candidate and they’ll want you to work for them, so they will hopefully be understanding and willing to either move your start date or advance you the time off or something.
Some other bees may have other advice and/or experience. I was in the same position as you, but I didn’t have a job offer until 6 months later so I was never in the situation, just wishfully planning for it. I hope you will have better luck than I did! 🙂 Maybe you’ll get a job pretty fast and accrue time off for it anyway?
Post # 4
TBH I wouldn’t plan a two week trip unless you are okay taking unpaid time off. Most entry level jobs I looked at only give two weeks of vacation for your first year there and it’s pro rated so by the time you start you would only get a week of actual vacation time.
Post # 5
It depends what your priorities are and what you can afford. I certainly wouldn’t be booking any trips if I didn’t even have a job especially after paying for a wedding. A job search would be paramount and I don’t think it’s wise to ask for time off right away. I’d go with another candidate who would be dedicated to learning the job.
Post # 6
I would only plan what I could afford assuming one of two scenarios: (1) I don’t get a job at all until after the honeymoon; (2) I get a job and they let me take the time off, but they don’t pay me for it.
Otherwise, I would consider planning a 1-year anniversary honeymoon trip instead.
But, if you can afford that, I recently sat in on interviews of people and we knew who we wanted to hire and who we didn’t – nothing they could have said about “I’m getting married in October and then taking 2 weeks off after that” would have changed our mind about that. We wanted THEM, not just their time. I also would never want to work for a company that didn’t hire me because I was taking 2 weeks off for a honeymoon. I want to be able to take vacations.
All things to consider.
Post # 7
I ended up interviewing for a new job right before my wedding and honeymoon. When they finally made me an offer and we talked about start dates/availability, that’s when I brought up my wedding and honeymoon. It wasn’t a problem for me, but I know that’s not going to be everyone’s experience.