ilfdinar

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Hello fellow reapp here. I was wondering what
Is the best way to schedule time off to go to interviews. I really would rather not tell them I am currently applying to medical school if possible. For those who managed to both responsibilities how did your employer feel about the missed days.
 

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Hello fellow reapp here. I was wondering what
Is the best way to schedule time off to go to interviews. I really would rather not tell them I am currently applying to medical school if possible. For those who managed to both responsibilities how did your employer feel about the missed days.

I work a job where I am able to switch shifts with other employees. Is that a possibility for you?
 

hayisferhorses

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Well, I guess that could be tricky if you work Monday-Friday. I work 12 hour shifts twice-three times a week, so it's pretty easy to switch with other employees. If you are taking off of work, your employer is going to want a real reason or he/she may not let you take off for your interviews. Definitely a tough situation...especially if you don't feel your employer would be supportive of you.
 
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My job allows me to simply say it is "personal leave" without further details. I feel like professionally, that should be enough for the average employer. You'll typically only need one day off.
 

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I think if you say you need personal time off that should be sufficient. In my experience, a boss will not ask you about it unless you provide the details.
 

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I have had 6 interviews so far and I work a 50-60 hour work week with my consulting firm. It is a burn out, to be honest. And like you, I didn't tell them I am interviewing for med school.

Ways to minimize personal time off:

- I try to take an afternoon interview if I can. That way I can take a red eye flight in and back out, missing only 1 day

- I try to pick up all and any remote work and I work on the airplane

- work extra hours on the week you must leave for an interview. I am typically working 15 hour days in order to take 2 days off to fly to an interview

I know you may not have the same kind of flexibility and autonomy. Nevertheless, I hope my experience can spark some sort of idea for you when it comes time :)


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