To give some context: I'm 21 and I've worked in IT fields since I graduated from HS, I was hired at this company last June for a 4 months fixed-term contract, I was usually assigned to a wide range of different operations since I'm the only IT guy of the department. Eventually they extended my contract for another 8 months because I started working on an important project.
Out of my work life, I'm currently attending a training course, at a local catholic foundation, to become a missionary. Basically, this group, holds this course for 9 months, while in the summer they become unavailable because they actually go on missions with the people that attended the course during the year, most of the missions occur in August and last an entire month.
I'd really love to leave and go for a mission but I don't know how to bring this up to my boss for a couple of reasons:
- The law in my country expects fixed-term contracts to last no more than 1 year, therefore if the company wanted to keep me they won't be able to extend my actual contract but have to switch to a new one;
- I'm afraid they will think I'm too pushy if I hurry them to take a decision, but at the same time I don't want to find it out too late;
- Asking for a month of vacation may appear a bit 'extreme', I don't want to sound pretentious as it could negatively affect their opinion and my chance to stay in this company.
So my question is: How can I let my boss know that, in case they'd want to rehire me, I'm going to request for a quite long vacation period, without sounding pushy or pretentious?