Biting the bullet, so I thought I'd ask here (first time). I feel like I'm quite the overthinker.
I still want to get my first job, but I'm currently less than 6 months in on a potential flight to study abroad. "Potential", as it's unsure whether the scheduled flight will happen because of COVID-19. I have also been unemployed for more than a year since I graduated. However, I'm worried about how landing a first job only to leave it soon would look on my resume and career, especially with the long gap.
So before I continue my search, I want to make an informed decision: How will securing a first job, only to leave it in less than 6 months to study abroad, impact my career? Will leaving it early make the job look like an unfortunate stain on my resume?
I'm worried that the possibly short-term first job may leave a negative impression on me and I'm not sure if I should leave it off and risk making the preceding gap look bigger. I'm also worried that by waiting for the results and NOT continuing my search, it'll make my gap bigger AND waste those precious months of searching. I'm glad to hear that some companies would want to know why I would leave a job early, which is relieving, but I'm more concerned that 1 wrong move might mess with my employment chances on a greater scope. The last thing I'd want other than a longer gap is another gap.
I've read in some websites that leaving a job early may result in negative consequences like blacklisting, damage to my rep and/or co-worker resentment, which may be a matter of consequence from the exit. I've also read some tales of people who left a job early and nothing really bad has happened to them and/or they got something good out of the old job. But that just makes me want to hear a general answer more.
Heck, I don't even know how I'd act on an interview knowing that I might leave them early to study abroad lingering on the back of my mind.
Some background: It's been close to a year that I've failed to secure a job (rejection letters and silence). It's taken a toll on my mental health (which has been made bad enough by college). At some point I had an epiphany of what I really wanted to do while I coped by being busy. I decided that I could try taking a sabbatical to study abroad, which has been a dream I re-realized. My extended family is highly supportive and encouraging of me and have the funds to help pay for it. I applied via a consultancy and it has been smooth sailing so far. As that went on I continued to look for a job to support myself and gain experience. Then COVID-19 happened, throwing a wrench into everything.
I took a break from the search, slowed down on the applications and worked on finding ways to deal with my mental health. I also managed to improve my skills in a way I am proud and confident of, made better projects, reworked my resume and portfolio and improved my network. Now I believe I am more than capable to take on entry-level work.
And that brings me to my current situation.
TL;DR: I am not sure if I should continue my job search as I am less than 6 months into a scheduled flight to study abroad, because of several reasons like: whether the flight will happen at all (due to COVID-19), the possibility of the job becoming short-term, worrying about the future because of that, not knowing how to face an interview knowing I might leave the job early and having a year's worth of unemployment behind me. I want to know how bad of an impact it is to leave a first job early so I would know if it's worth a shot to press on.
DISCLAIMER: Not sure about this, but I've considered the option of temp/contract jobs. I realized this just as I was about to post this question. However that gives me another issue to deal with. I have no idea how to approach this route. Like I said, I'm less than 6 months into what could be a flight abroad. I don't know what to look for. I don't know how this would impact my resume either.