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New job. Will I need to declare stress?

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HmmmWhatAMess Thu 09-May-13 12:24:00

Not sure if this is the correct place to post so apologies in advance if its not.

'D'H had a short affair this year. Its been a truly awful time. We are together at the moment but I don't know how this will affect up long term. I work part time an also study for my MA. At the very heart of my discoveries I didn't function too well. I was very preoccupied with it but vacant at the same time, so whilst I managed to function on regular daily tasks such as the kids and work I was not in the right frame of mind to complete an essay for Uni.

I spoke to the doctor about it - whilst I was checked for stds and she said she could write something for the Uni stating stress. This would then enable me to have an extension as without it they will not take word for it (I have tried). She said that this would show as stress on my medical record.

So really, what I want to know is if i accept this letter, do I have to declare it when applying for my dream job as a teacher when I apply? I don't want this to be the case because whilst I was stressed (I still am, slightly), it was not stress that required medical treatment.

I just don't want to risk my dream job when I may be financially responsible for my children and myself on my own.


Leverette Thu 09-May-13 15:46:47

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Coffee1Sugar Thu 09-May-13 20:30:55

I'm a teacher and remember the occupational health form included a whole host of yes/no questions and for every "yes" you needed to explain. So I'd just put "yes but now overcome" or words to that effect. As an nqt you'll be VERY stressed anyway!

sandripples Thu 09-May-13 21:38:36

You cannot be asked about your health during selection for a job until AFTER a job offer has been made. So you can declare it on the medical questionnaire later, and if asked about it, you have very good reasons which I think any Occupational Health specialist would understand, so I don't think you should avoid accepting the letter you've been offered. (I'm in HR)

HmmmWhatAMess Fri 10-May-13 08:38:20

Thanks for your replies.

If that's the case sand then I will take the letter. I think that given the opportunity to explain then, like you say, its completely understandable.

Thanks for the flowers lever.

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