(Closed) TTC or career move?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: TTC or wait and pursue new job?

    TTC and stick with your job - don't wait!

    TTC and apply for jobs. See what comes first.

    Pursue new job.

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    If you stay at your current job and get pregnant, it will be much less likely that you’ll go for another job after the baby comes. It changes your life in major ways and I’m not sure that changing jobs will be at the top of your priority list. I would consider what life will be like at this job for at least a few years if you decide to stay there and TTC.

    On the other hand, a new job may not offer the same maternity benefits so that would be a big factor for me. Based on that uncertainty, and that I think it’s kind of unfair to a company to start a new job and then go out on leave shortly after, I would either stay at my current job, or search for a new job and put off TTC for a year or so. 

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Well it will be like gambling if you risk pursuing another job because you’re most certainly right, they may not have the same benefits. On the other hand TTC may take a few months or even years (hopefully not) and that would be time you would be stuck in a job where you feel stressed, etc. What you and your DH have to decide is if the gamble is worth it. I know that once you have baby on the brain it’s pretty hard to think about much else so it’s not going to be an easy decision.

    My dilemma isn’t exactly the same so it probably won’t help very much but for me I’m pretty much near the bottom of the ladder in my career. It would probably take a good 7ish years at the very least to be in what people in my career consider a “good place”. So for me it’s not an option to wait that long. I won’t get any pay top-ups from my employer (given my position) but the government where I live provides anyone with 600 hours of employment (in the last 52 weeks) EI at 40% of your pay for a max of 52 weeks, but you can always return to work earlier though. If I was higher up on the ladder my employer would add an additional 25% of pay while on leave. So the difference for us isn’t that huge especially given how long we would have to postpone for just to have some extra pay.

    There are three things I would consider, 1) Job security 2) Being able to afford the time off 3) When you want to start a family. If you don’t want to wait X amount of time then I would say stick it out where you are and then pursue other jobs when you return from leave. However, if you truly are unhappy and you see better opportunities knocking at your door then postpone it for a few months. 

    Sorry, wish I could be more helpful. Good luck! 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    splashofcoral:  Tough call! How old are you and your husband?

    Post # 6
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    Newbee

    Just FYI, FMLA requires a year of full-time employment before it will cover (provided your co. qualifies). Just something to think about if you pursue a new job. 

    I’d probably stick it out, get PG, take leave, then start looking after baby is in daycare. But if you are comfortable waiting TTC, then find your dream job now and try for a baby after! You’re young enough right now to wait.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    splashofcoral:  Hmm that is tough, and it’s hard for me to give advice because a) I’ve been TTC unsuccessfully for a year so I always assume it will take a while to get pregnant and b) I am not looking to advance in my career right now. So if it were me right now, I would stick with the job and TTC, but if you have no reason to believe you will have trouble TTC and you want to advance in your career, it might make more sense to wait. Assuming you get a new job in the next month, if you wait 3 more months, that’s really not that long. You could stop birth control in January. So, I think I would do that if I were you. 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’m 31 as well, and was in a similar situation this time a few months ago.

    I desperately wanted a promotion but my current work had told me that was impossible. I found a few jobs that I wanted to apply for but knew that I also wanted to TTC. When I applied for this particular job, I wasn’t pregnant. I didn’t hear from them for a month and in that time, we started to TTC and were lucky enough to conceive first go. Then I was offered an interview (6 weeks pregnant) and now I’ve been offered the job (9 weeks pregnant).

    I’m lucky though in that my maternity leave transfers to the new job, but I’m yet to tell them that I’m pregnant – I plan to tell them before I start. There’s nothing they can do but I’d like to give them the courtesy and make sure there are no important projects they need absolutely need me for next year.

    The problem with TTC (at any age) is that you can’t predict a thing. We assumed it might take six months to conceive. Even now that we’re pregnant, we’re both not counting our chickens untill our first scan.

    If I were you, I’d just apply for what you like and also TTC. In a few months, hopefully you’ll have some options and you can make some decisions. Best of luck with both!

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    splashofcoral:  I wouldn’t plan around some “what ifs.” DH and I just started TTC, but we had planned on waiting until December to accomodate a bunch of “what ifs.” For us, starting our family was more of a priority than the possibility of buying a house in the spring. You and your DH have to do what is best for you! Also, 
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    elanrose:  gave you some partially incorrect information. FMLA requires a year of employment, but not full time employment. As long as you have 1250 hours with your employer in a year, you can qualify!

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