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    Advice needed from fellow edugeekers?!

    Hi All,

    I have been working in IT for 4 years now, and have just been offered a job at a Secondary school in Bristol, which is fantastic! I have handed in my notice, and am due to start on 14th August.

    Now here is my dilema ...

    I have also just been offered an interview for another school in Bristol, as a Network Manager! I am working my notice period in my current job, and dont have any holiday left to take?!

    Should i talk to my boss, and try and get the day off for interview, or should i leave it, and start at the other school on the 14th??

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    Days off for interview shouldn't count towards annual leave (mine don't!?)
    Go to the interview, you may get a better job out of it!

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    Check with your union but I believe an employer is required to give you time off for an interview.

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    Im not sure that is the case? The trouble is that i am currently working in the private sector for a medium size business. Things are very different from working in Education sector?!

    I guess the most i can do is speak to my boss, and see what he says?

    Matt

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    It isn't a legal requirement for your current employer to allow you to have time off for an interview unless you're being made redundant.

    It is entirely up to the employer if they allow you to have time off, and as you've used up your annual leave entitlement, this would be down to them being nice or not.

    However, if you've already handed in your notice, it is worth asking anyway as what have you got to lose?

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    your leaving anyway - if he doesn't give you the day off take a sickie.

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    But i will still need a reference from my current employer, so i dont think a sickie is the best option?

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    Never a good idea to use a sickie . As with most schools they *mostly* tend to ask for a reference first before the interview ( well atleast the past 2 network manager jobs ive applied for have ) . So will put you in a akward position

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    Also, remember this is a public forum, so advocating someone takes a sickie is probably not the greatest idea.

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    No not the best idea, and to be honest, it is not something that i would consider doing anyway.

    As others have said, maybe it is best to just speak to my boss and see what he says?!

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    Speak to your boss! Perhaps offer to meet them halfway by taking it as unpaid leave. Bear in mind the Admin for that is a pain so it's not entirely the gift it might seem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2097 View Post
    Never a good idea to use a sickie . As with most schools they *mostly* tend to ask for a reference first before the interview ( well atleast the past 2 network manager jobs ive applied for have ) . So will put you in a akward position
    The other thing to bare in mind is that headteachers talk, especially if the schools are in the same area. Skipping your last day or calling in sick for an interview might seem like a good idea at the time - but don't be surprised if your new head finds out about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    The other thing to bare in mind is that headteachers talk, especially if the schools are in the same area. Skipping your last day or calling in sick for an interview might seem like a good idea at the time - but don't be surprised if your new head finds out about it!
    As i said above, i am not currently working in a school at the moment, i am working in the private sector, but still no excuse to take a sickie!!

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    You can either ring in sick or be honest and get the day off. If you get the day off though, you will most probably miss a days pay - personally I think this would be worth it.

    If it was me I'd go to the interview and at the end ask them when you'll here if you have the job or not as you have already accepted a job elsewhere and make it clear that you're very enthusiatic about their job and out of the two you'd jump at the chance of working with them instead of the one you have accepted.

    If you're offered this job as well as the one you've accepted then you'll have a choice to make and you can turn either of them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazza View Post
    You can either ring in sick or be honest and get the day off. If you get the day off though, you will most probably miss a days pay - personally I think this would be worth it.

    If it was me I'd go to the interview and at the end ask them when you'll here if you have the job or not as you have already accepted a job elsewhere and make it clear that you're very enthusiatic about their job and out of the two you'd jump at the chance of working with them instead of the one you have accepted.

    If you're offered this job as well as the one you've accepted then you'll have a choice to make and you can turn either of them down.
    I suppose that seems like the best option. Knowing my luck, i have been looking for jobs for the last 6 months, and then i might end up having a choice!!

    Matt

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