I'm waiting for an university(ies) to respond to my admission application. They will all come in by the beginning of June. I have a job offer from a company that I'd love to join if I don't get into a preferred university.

However, the job requires me to join this May. I'm fairly confident of my university applications. But as mentioned, I'd love to join this company if I don't get in. How do I handle this? I don't want to leave in just under 2 months after I join.

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    I don't want to leave in just under 2 months after I join..why? – Sourav Ghosh Apr 15 '19 at 10:20
  • I was wondering if that would seem wrong on my part. Wouldn't that annoy the HR executives a bit if I did that? – WorldGov Apr 15 '19 at 10:28
  • That's one of the reason companies have probation period with relaxed terms for termination / quitting. The company evaluates you, as well as you also get a chance to evaluate the company and the work environment, and if things don't work out, the separation is easier. – Sourav Ghosh Apr 15 '19 at 10:31
  • I applied long back, and I got this offer a couple of days ago. I didn't have a plan per se; I thought if I don't get into a preferred university, it'll be better join this company. It's a good opportunity and it'll take at least a few months for me to get something like this again if I let this pass (and don't get into my university of choice). – WorldGov Apr 15 '19 at 12:52

I don't think there is a silver bullet to this problem. You have to chose one over the other.

Check one thing: If you join the company now, is there anything in the contract that explicitly prohibits you from leaving after two months (like, a fixed service tenure bond)? If not, I'd suggest, you accept the job offer, continue the job while waiting for the university results to come out.

  • If the results are positive and the initial two-months of profession experience tells you to go for the university, resign from the job and join the university.
  • If the results are negative or the initial two-months of profession experience tells you to continue with the job, you got yourself covered.
  • I think it's important to note that if OP accepts, then leaves after two months (and they know OP accepted the job under those conditions), they risk burning a bridge. If they'd like to work there in the future again, doing this might make this more complicated, if not impossible. Not saying it will, but it is a real possibility that OP needs to be aware of and consider. – MlleMei Apr 15 '19 at 10:49
  • @MlleMei That's right, but why the company needs to know the reason for leaving? It can very well be one of the canned responses, right? – Sourav Ghosh Apr 15 '19 at 11:13
  • True, but if they do apply there later on, I guess OP is going to put his studies ? If OP doesn't intend to work there later on, then there's nothing to lose, I agree. – MlleMei Apr 15 '19 at 11:33
  • Yes, that is the reason why I was hesitant to join and then quit if I get into a good university. But I guess I'm willing to burn that one bridge now. @MlleMei – WorldGov Apr 15 '19 at 12:53

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