Post # 1
I am in the process of searching for a new job. I’ve been with the same company in various positions for the last 14 years and need a change – what that is I don’t know yet, and I don’t know if I will actually find one. But, I am making it a goal this summer to find something new – I am just burn out.
At the same time, DH and I have started to discuss TTC within the next couple of months. We know it may take some time to get pregnant, and if we can at all. However, would that deter you from getting a different job knowing that you’d be out on maternity leave at some point down the road? I know to not mention that sort of stuff during an interview, but just wanted to see what you bees thought.
Post # 2
What country do you live in? If you swtich the summer and immediately get pregnant, in the US your job may not be protected because you have been there less than a year. So definitely know what you are entitled to first and plan around it.
Post # 3
I’m in the US, and that’s a good point – considering some places may not offer leave after a certain amount of time.
Post # 4
FMLA only applies after 1 year and 1250 hours worked. I got pregnant the first month at my new job and the whole leave thing blows. I got disability, but I can’t take FMLA until my 1 year anniversary. So I was off, I’m back on now, then I’ll be taking off. My boss will hate it, but he’ll deal. I might have suspended the trying for a couple months if I had known everything that would happen (baby was really early, which screwed things up even more).
Post # 5
I am actually in the same boat…well kind of! We are TTC and I am searching for a new job (which looks promising). I tried to put TTC off until the right time came around, but what if it doesn’t happen or what if I find the right job and something crazy happens where that job becomes not so “right”. I made my mind up to TTC and search at the same time. I would feel bad if I put of TTC for something that took forever to happen. Again, this was a decision we made, so you do what’s right for your situation. I am very afraid I must say, but sometimes you have to test yourself right? LOL I am also in US and the leave things is not friendly at all, so I feel you on that.
I am totally disconnected from my current role, so to keep my sanity, I had to make that move, but I am sure things will work out for you whichever way you decide. They always work themselves out! Oh and I surely didn’t mention it during the interview (which deep down made me feel like I was keeping a huge secret). But I got over that quick when I thought about the chance they would turn their nose up at me for TTC. I wish you the best because it is a very tough situation to be in, but you can do it!!!
Post # 6
It’s a really tough position to be in. You don’t want to put either aspect of your life on hold, while at the same time, if both happen at once, you might not be in a position to take the leave that you want/need.
If I were you, I would keep up both looking for a new job and TTC, and see what comes first. If you get pregnant, and then get an interview, I would wait until I was offered the job, at which point I’d incorporate this into negotiations. You could negotiate for leave to be built into your contract, or you could see if they would be willing to delay your start date until after the baby was born. (I have a friend who successfully did the latter.)
If you get a new job before you get pregnant, then I’d put the TTC on hold for a few months just to ensure that the baby is born more than a year after your start date, so that you qualify for FMLA (assuming the company is big enough) and whatever paid leave option your new company might offer.
Post # 7
I know in the US its different leave wise than in the UK, however in my company we had to be working for 6 months before we were entitled to our years full maternity pay etc. To be fair the only reason I am staying in my current job is because I know they are very flexable with my hours so when the time comes to have children I can dictate my own hours etc. and they would be 100% fine with it (its sad but my manager has already discussed it with me bless him!)