So I work as a software developer for a startup consisting of ~20 people in Europe which is doing very well. I've been working here for a year and a half which is all of my work experience. I'm also enrolled in a part-time degree at a local university. At the university, I got an offer for a really good internship in Japan this October for 3 months. The purpose of the internship is to teach me new technologies while working for a big company and it will also earn me university credits. After the internship is over I will fly back home.
This sounds like a great opportunity for me and I will learn a lot in an environment like that. However, I really like my current job and I don't want to quit. Instead, I want to convince them to let me on unpaid leave for the duration.
Some other things I would like to point out
- The managers have a liberal mindset when it comes to what's best for the employee
- I can guarantee to them I will return home and won't be recruited by the other company, simply because I don't meet the engineering work visa requirements in Japan
- It is legal to work for the other company while still being employed
- The company infrastructure is good and as a junior, I don't carry major responsibilities
- I'm willing to help the company in my free time if necessary
- The internship can be reduced to 2 months or even 1 month.