Well, I just graduated as a software engineer, and I have been working for a year in a company as a Sw Engineer intern. My contract ends this friday and they have offered me a place to work there. I already booked a 2 week travel some months ago for the next month because I did not know if I was going to be offered a place.
I have a really good relationship with this company and they have told me several times they are REALLY happy with me. They told me that it is inevitable I booked the travel, and if I go, I'll use all my vacations of the remaining year. That is only if I start this next monday. They told me I can start really whenever I want. July, August, September or now.
I found a really small company (an ex-teacher of mine is one of the CEO's actually), which offers me a similar salary (I do not actually care that much about the difference, to be honest), and a more interesting project. They want me to start as soon as possible. They are really busy in an actual project and they "need" me asap. Also, its no problem the travel, I won't use any vacation days.
The thing comes up here: I have applied to several Universities for a Master's programme. If I stay in my company, its no problem if I have to go (even if I say Ill start in september, and I get chosen for the master's, its no problem to tell them I can't). (MASTER is abroad by the way).
If I say yes to the new company, and get chosen for the master's, I'll have to stop working for them in 1 and a half month, and as busy as they are, I feel kind of bad.
If I say no, I am afraid they took the time to meet me and stuff, and it can cause some bad reputation in the future (my ex-teacher). The interview went quite well and I showed a lot of interest, and so did they in me.
But saying no and not getting chosen in any master's, would that mean I won't have another opportunity at this second company?