I got a question regarding whether I should apply for internship back to my previous employer.
Months ago, I quit my previous work in order to go back to university. Recently, I am considering to work again in the industry in the summer in some internship program for some need, and am working towards that.
Back at my previous work, I was doing very well and got fairly high reputation in the company. I also had good relations with the team members and the manager. I think I did a good job there and my team members realized I could deliver fast and precise soon after I joined the company. If I have to, I would conclude myself as a high quality/price ratio person that was valuable in many sense. Sure I am not saying they can't live without me, but you got my meaning. Before I leave, a 3-level-above manager asked me to go back after graduation and deliberately asked about next summer(but I hadn't got this plan yet).
However, now I am not sure whether I should apply back to them so I am here for some suggestions.
- Unless something goes wrong seriously, I think it will be easy to get an offer from them, as it's promised by a high level executive already. So that means an almost-guaranteed internship.
- I had a good relationship with my previous manager and I connected him on LinkedIn, so he will know I will be doing internship. The chances are, if I decide to apply to them, I might just directly ping him and the process might get much easier.
- However, that company is not my top priority. What that means is, if I am a bit luckier and manage to get any position from other companies that I've applied or will be applying, then I will not go back there. In that sense, I feel I am using them as a safety net.
I am mostly concerned about how my previous teammates and manager will perceive this. If I do not apply, they might think I don't like to work there or some other sort of bad feelings; on the other hand, if I have to decline their offer, there might be other feelings as well.
So I am not sure what to do now. It might be helpful to get some suggestions from you guys.
Also, worth noting that I have to get an internship somewhere next summer.