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    Hi all,

    I got told by my boss today that should I apply for a position coming up in the next few weeks, I would easily be the frontrunner for the job. In the last 2 expression of interests, I ranked 1st of 13 and 14 applicants respectively, by quite a margin.

    BUT if I get the job, he is pretty sure I will not be able to come back part-time when I complete my parental leave unless I can find someone to job share with.

    The problem is there just aren't many people in positions in that level in the entire dept, let alone to job share a job that requires such specialised knowledge. So really I will likely have buckley's chance of getting someone to job share.

    And it means to take the position, I'd have to give up my current position, and it is in this position that I have already negotiated to come back part-time in April 2007.

    So my question is: what do I do? Do I take a punt at a higher paying job in the hopes that something works out by April 2007? Or do I play it safe and be conservative and stay where I am?

    love
    sushee

    Edited to add that the interviews are likely going to be held about a month or so before my EDD!


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    Sorry Sush, I've only just seen this.

    What a dilemma! I am curious as to why your boss has encouraged you to go for the job when he knows that you are needing part time when you return?

    What is your gut feeling on it?

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    Thats a really tough decision Sushee! I guess I'd be more inclined to stay where I am, purely for the fact that you can come back parttime to that job and maybe move up the ladder later on. I'm back at work already and I negotiated my hours just before I went back and must say its a godsend only going back part time.

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    Sushee,
    I am back full time, I hated the first week, last week was a bit better & today wasnt so sad saying goodbye to my munchkins!!!
    But if I had been offered to return Part time, Heck I'd have jumped at the chance!!! But not so... So I am back fulltime...

    Good luck deciding sweets!

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    Hi girls,

    I spoke to my boss again last week about this and said that I thought I may apply. He was glad because he reckons it's his best interests to get the most qualified people applying. He then asked me about my thoughts on having to come back full-time.

    I basically said that a lot can happen in 12 months, and if I got the job, it seemed reasonable for me to expect that should I wish to return part-time, that this dept make an effort at the very least to try to accomodate me. Because, if he says he wants the best people, and he believes I am one, then certainly it seems that the pain of short-term part-time would be worth it if you end up retaining that person. He agreed (how could he not and still be politically correct?) and said that I should apply and, assuming I get the job, when I wanted to return, we would review the situation and try to come a to mutually beneficial arrangement.

    I don't know if I've shot myself in the foot and will now have no chance of getting the job, but I thought I made a fair point and even though the world doesn't work that way, I don't see why I have to make compromises right from the get-go, before even starting leave. So I'll apply and hope for the best. Of course, the interviews are scheduled for when I'm due....

    love
    sushee

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    Sush,

    That is a great reply and you are absolutely right ... if they really want you in that job then they should make more of an effort to solve the part time problem themselves. And isn't it public service? They should know better!

    I don't think you have shot yourself in the foot. It really is true that there is a problem in this country with women in higher positions being forced back down the ladder because they choose to split time between family and work and it is something that needs to be addressed but it can't happen unless the employers take some responsibility too.

    Good on you and I hope you get the job.

    Mel

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