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Should I go back to old job or new one with slightly shorter hours? Help!

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twinkleymum Tue 15-Jul-08 20:23:53

Am off on maternity leave with 8mo due to return in September. My job (which I didn't like) will now be 3 days per week 9-5.30 and DD has a place in nursey on-site. Thing is I've been offered a job elsewhere they will allow me 3 days per week 9-4 and hopefully will be able to offer me a place in the nursery. I don't know what to do. I may not like the new job either, my current boss and colleagues would probably be v.annoyed with me if I left them. Both nurseries are good. Do you think the shorter hours in nursery will be a real bonus for our little family? There is only one person I'd miss from my current job and she is supposed to be my sort of job share partner when I go back, we were pregnant together and her DS is in the nursery, she even wrote me a letter to say how pleased she was that out DCs would be in nursery together on Wednesdays and that she is really looking forward to my return. I cant ask for those hours in my current job as they have a no part-day policy.

Help!!! Dont know what to do and have to make choice tomorrow!

twinkleymum Tue 15-Jul-08 20:31:05

Also forgot to say, am thinking about trying for another DC maybe in December. Don't know if this should have any influence on my decision as I may not be as lucky TTC as last time.

twinkleymum Wed 16-Jul-08 09:32:38

Any thoughts anyone?

MmeBovary Wed 16-Jul-08 09:41:40

Sometimes better the devil you know. I know the hours are longer, but it takes time to settle back at work, and ime I'd find it much less stressful to be in a familiar role with people I know, particularly if you will be sharing a job with a friend - and you have a guaranteed nursery place. You could always change later...plus if you're planning another child, don't you have to have worked somewhere for a while to get the full maternity package?

zazen Wed 16-Jul-08 09:43:46

TBH, I would stay put for a while - you'd be surprised how little work means to you once you start back - the exhaustion is that bad. You might not want to have to deal with a new job also.

Will you get paid maternity leave if you're in a new job - is it the same company or will you have to be there for a minimum period of time, before having your (fingers crossed for you) next baby?

Best of luck returning to work, and good luck with the nursery.

zazen Wed 16-Jul-08 09:45:10

X posts Mme Bovary! Snap on the advice though!

titchy Wed 16-Jul-08 09:45:52

Can you look a little longer ahead - 9 - 4 will seem like a dream when it comes to school!

can you go around the 2nd place again to see if you get a feel for what it would be like working there?

Don't let someone elses enthusiasm at your dcs sharing a nursery place cloud your judgement - if she were offered a better job she'd take it!

twinkleymum Wed 16-Jul-08 10:05:47

The maternity pay is not an issue as although different job still NHS. I keep thinking that my priorities have changed and maybe my old job wont seem that bad on return. 9-4 would be better re school but that is a long way ahead and we may have moved etc by then.

twinkleymum Wed 16-Jul-08 10:09:32

Forgot to say my MIL makes me feel guilty about working 9-5.30 as she says its too long for DD and thats why I should go for other job. I just worry that I wont have any support on returning to work in a new job as nobody there who knows me. Have to make decision ASAP today.

twinkleymum Wed 16-Jul-08 10:13:05

Starting to panic now, hoping they're not phoning the nursery and making a big fuss to get DD a space if I'm not 100% sure I want it.

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