TTC with a Contract Job?

posted 1 year ago in Career
  • poll: Should I take the contract-to-hire job while TTC?

    Yes, it's not like you're pregnant now

    No, it's too risky

    Ask the recruiter what she thinks


  • Post # 2
    77 posts
    Worker bee

    Depending on your finances, I would take the job. Trust me, there will ALWAYS be a really good reason why you should postpone having a baby. If you’re ready to have a kid and financially in a decent place, go for it. Save your new coins since you’re getting a raise and start trying. 

    Post # 3
    6393 posts
    Bee Keeper

    How much more?  10% 15% 30%?  Personally if it’s a signficant increase I would take it.  There is a chance you won’t be pregnant in 6 months (not to be negative) and I wouldnt pass up an opportunity like this to get a higher paying job and bank more money into savings.

    Post # 4
    9128 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    Lavender28 :  take it and bank the raise in case you do get pregnant and don’t have paid maternity leave. I was 8 months ttc when I changed jobs – I would have been miserable staying at my old job one more day, I got a $12k annual pay increase, and I still didn’t even get pregnant for another year and change! 

    It’s illegal to take maternity status into consideration when hiring, but we all know that it happens. Prove yourself to be a kick-ass employee, request a formal review before the 6 months are up, and position yourself so that even if you are pregnant they’d be stupid not to hire you. 

    Post # 5
    9841 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Can you just ask what their benefits package is?

    Post # 7
    4232 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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    Lavender28 :  I just started a new job even though we’re currently pursuing fertility treatment. I left a toxic work environment, my new supervisor and team are amazing, and my new salary is 15% higher. The only tough thing about leaving was that I had proven myself to be a valuable asset over the past 2.5 years in my last job, and now I’m starting from scratch. Even though we’re on the path to IVF, everything is so drawn out and we’ve had a couple of delays when it comes to scheduling appointments and procedures. So if all goes well, I’ll have been working in my role long enough to be eligible for Paid Family Leave. And I could delay embryo transfer until I’d have an expected due date that would make me eligible for FMLA. And there’s no guarantee that the treatment would be successful in the first place… All that to say, TTC is very unpredictable. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a baby in the time frame that you planned on, and if you’ve been trying for over a year with no success, you may want to get some testing done just to see if there’s something going on. Good luck!  

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