Monday, April 4, 2011

To Tell or Not to Tell....

Ever since I started my GMAT, I always struggled with the notion to tell my employer my intentions.  It was really tough because I’m pretty open with my coworkers and manager but to be that brutally honest during a recession? And when jobs are being cut?  
I just wasn’t so sure.

So luckily, I’m pretty close with my previous managers and I have an AWESOME mentor, all who I trust to write (positive) recommendations.  After a super long talk with my mentor, we decided it was best to keep this on the low.   So I started to worry less about telling my current team and managers and more about how to construct the optional essay about why I did not tell my company.  Which I’m sure I will write about later.

In my experience, in order to decide if you will tell your company is a personal decision.  I would recommend taking these steps:
  • Obtain a few mentors and confidantes at work.  People older than you and in higher positions than you probably have way way way more insight into proper protocol
  • Weigh the pros and cons of informing your employer.  Are you prepared for the worst-case scenario?
  • Ask admissions/current students/alums at schools you would like to apply to, to determine how recommendations are perceived and evaluated
If you are blessed to be able to tell your job, use that to your advantage!
Does anyone else have advice?  How did you tell your manager?  Why did/didn’t you?

-Motown

3 comments:

A Movie in My Pillow April 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

Okay I will respond to the post later but I just wanted to say I love the new layout!!!!

Motownphilly April 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM  

Hi Ladies, so the reason that i have my current job is because i told my supervisor that i wanted to go to grad school. I met her at a panel discussion and sent a couple emails to her...and then asked her for a job opportunity. I told her about my dreams of going to grad school. Every single thing that has happened on this job has been because she wants me to make to go to grad school. She has encouraged me in many ways and took the time out of her busy schedule to talk to me and give me some pointers. She suggested classes i should take, she hooked me up with other people. Shes amazing. God has truly been gracious to me by blessing me with my supervisor.

So maybe the question is...is it best to tell your supervisor about grad school before you start working for them or never?

Motown April 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM  

@A Movie in My Pillow I'm really glad you like the new layout! You'll nvr know how many mtgs we had to get it just right.

@Motownphilly I'm really glad your sitch worked out! Although I'm not looking for a job right now, I wish I was more transparent from the beginning. PLEASE let me know how it all turns out for you!

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