Worried this will get me in trouble

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I think I’d just ask them. I’d acknowledge that this is a new, summer job and say something about an unexpected opportunity that came up to travel to Italy to visit fiance’s family. I’d say that the two of you are prepared to go at another date if necessary, but that you were wondering about the possiblity of going over the Fourth of July week (I agree with another bee that this may work best for them) or the last week of the summer, right before you go back to school. In this way, you let them know that this isn’t ideal, that you have an alternate plan to go at a later date if necessary, and that you’ve offered two times over the summer- if that works for them. I think employers who utilize summer help are used to this happening, although they may not be happy about it.

Good luck!

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

All you can do is ask and the worst they can do is say no. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We had summer associates back in my law firm days and wouldn’t accomodate time off requests.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

July is really not a great time to travel to Italy. Do you have a Fall Break at school that you could travel during? Or a gap between the end of your job and the start of school/

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I work in a firm that has a culture similar to a law firm. We dont expect our summer interns to take time off. A day here or there to get a week long vacation is okay, but week long vacations should happen before or after your internship. 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I really want to chime in on this – as a former law school student and having a FFI who is in law school and working at a firm this summer. I think it all depends. Are you planning on going to law school/entering the legal profession? If so, I wouldn’t take it off. The legal market is a small world and things get around fast. Very fast. I’m not even in it anymore and I hear stuff going on in markets over a thousand miles away. You don’t want to risk jeopardizing that connection, because it can haunt you.

Yes, it would be awesome to go this year. But if you are doing this not only for money but also as a professional endeavor taking a week off over an entire summer is really bad juju. I’d delay it and wait until the timing is better.

Edit: Even though it is part time, always consider what the job can bring you. You do not want to risk burning those bridges. Lawyers know a lot of people in lots of different industries, and having a good person on your side can help a lot in your career development. Do you have time at the end of the summer before school starts to take it? Or maybe spring break next year? It means delaying it, but delaying it beats hurting a good connection.

 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

sosunnyincalifornia:  I think if anything maybe the best solution would talk to them about work timelines – do they know when you plan on leaving/ending the internship? If not, maybe talk to them about your plans, and leave a week earlier than expected and go on the trip.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

sosunnyincalifornia:  I think probably the best way of getting it all then would be this. If you don’t think you can handle all the hours + school work, then leave a week or two earlier than expected and take your trip before school starts.

Post # 29
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Bumble Beekeeper

If it’s just a part time summer job, they might be flexible, but there’s no guarantee. Since you’re only in it for the money and not for networking, it can’t hurt to ask. It might be less disruptive to just make the end date earlier for your job than to take off in the middle of it. 

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