Post # 1
So, I just graduated from my master’s program, and got engaged 3 weeks ago. I’m eager to start planning my wedding but my parents think I shouldn’t decide on anything until I have found a job. This is due to the fact they are worried that I will not be given vacation days until after a year of employment and won’t be able to take vacations off for my wedding back home, and my honeymoon. My parents don’t live in the US, and where they live people accrue vacation but can’t use them until a year after being employed.
So, how does taking vacation usually work in the US (where I live)? Of course, I wouldn’t take vacation for the first 6 months of employment, but after that would I be able to take same days off? What I’ve been planning is if I haven’t found a job 6 months before our wedding date, I’ll postpone as std’s and invitations wouldn’t be out yet. What are your opinions on the matter? I need advice from people actually doing this too! Thanks!!!
Post # 3
It’s totally up to your job to decide that. I’ve never heard f a job not giving any vacation time until a year in. Honestly, I wouldn’t work for a company that values its employees so little.
Post # 4
(I’ve always accrued days off from my start date, if that helps. And, I think most jobs would understand that it’s your wedding, and let you have the time off!)
Post # 6
It might be something you could negotiate with a company during the hiring process! If you could give them an approximation of dates, they might be able to work with you. You may have to go into “the negative” or take a few unpaid days. I’d guess that most places would work with you on this.
Post # 7
Depending on your job, you probably accrue vacation days at a certain rate. For instance, if you get 10 vacation days/2 weeks per year, that equals out to about .87 per month. So once you have a job, you can plan accordingly. As PP have suggested, most companies would likely let you “dip into the negative” and either (a) take unpaid vacation or (b) “borrow” paid vacation you haven’t earned yet- it is, after all, a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Alternatively, as madger suggested, it is something you could bring up during the interview process. DO NOT BRING IT UP UNTIL YOU HAVE A FIRM JOB OFFER. At that time, you can tell the company that you would love to take the job, but you must mention that you are getting married on July 1 (or whatever), and will likely require some vacation time around that date. See how flexible they are/willing they are to work with you.
Most companies will work with you, seeing that by the time July rolls around, you will have been with them for 10+ months, and seeing that you are being very upfront with them, etc. It wil be up to you to not spend other vacation time within your first several months at the company!
Good luck! Congratulations on your graduation AND your engagement!!