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Asking for time off, new job.

I just this week got offered a wonderful job. At the moment it’s just Fridays and Mondays with the possibility in the future of full time. I am from the U.K and haven’t been back for four years. I was hoping to go back this Christmas to see my family, and was going to ask for unpaid leave. I just got asked to work a midweek day on the 23rd of December. So now I wonder, should I change my plans and not go home, say nothing? And go in the summer instead. I hate to ask for two weeks off the very week I get offered a job!

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It’s up to you. If the trip isn’t set in stone and you could wait until summer and you feel you need this job opportunity then postpone trip. If you really want to go visit family then be honest and maybe tell them you can change your plans to take trip the next summer if it put the office in a bind. The office is human. They will understand especially if they really want YOU working for them.
I was late to my grandmothers funeral because it was my second day on my very first job fresh out of hygiene school. Went in my uniform even. If I had to do over I would have canceled a few patients and left earlier…….the office ladies told me I should have taken the day off, but I didn’t want anyone to think I didn’t want a job. Young and dumb. Maybe now looking back I wouldn’t have taken the whole day off….just cancel some patients to allow enough time to change clothes etc…..

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