I have a job interview soon and I'm worried because the current job I work at I left after a year then I rejoined them again after 8 months and now I've been there for a year so that's two years.

I left because it was my first year attending uni and I thought I need to be more committed to passing or else I wont be able to enroll to level 5. I came back to the company and that's when I was doing my level 5. Now that I finished uni I want to now find myself a permanent and better workplace.

Do I have to mention this to my interviewer? And if I do is this going to put them off?

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    Did you quit? or did you take a leave of absence? Did you have to reapply? or did you just give them a date you would be returning? Quitting is abrupt, a leave of absence is planned and negotiated. Nov 15, 2020 at 12:49
  • I left the job and had the intention of coming back i didnt have to re apply or do an interview i sent the manager and email and asked for my position back because i felt ready to come back to work and my level 5 was based around my work environment which would have helped me in my uni work... (early years i studied) - in a nursery.. i didnt tell my manager i planned on coming back because i was unsure when i will come back but in the same year in march 2019 i left and came back december 2019 . No interview they took me stright away.
    – fahmida
    Nov 15, 2020 at 17:30

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do i have to mention this to my interviewer?

No. You don't have to. You can just say you worked at that company for 2 years.

If you want to mention it (or they ask you) then you can say:

I worked there for a year, then took an 8 month break to focus on my university work, and then returned for 1 year

That doesn't sound bad or go against you at all. If anything it shows you were responsible and made a good decision about your education and future.

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    It's also a plus that the company liked you enough to have you back Nov 15, 2020 at 16:31
  • i have to admit its a good thing they didnt have to interview me or anything they took me back stright away but i am worried is this going to put them off me? and how can i clearly say it ? I joined in april 2018 then left in march 2019 then came back december 2019 i left for 8 months to dedicate and fully commit to my education at the time because it was important i give my 100% in passing my level 4 to enroll to level 5 - this job is for a nursery setting
    – fahmida
    Nov 15, 2020 at 17:31
  • I imagine a basic background check will reveal that you did not work there for the period you claimed, which will be a red flag that will remove you from consideration for the current job and possibly also blacklist you from future consideration. Nov 15, 2020 at 20:39
  • i sent the wrong CV and the cv i sent was the one where it says april 2018 - current
    – fahmida
    Nov 15, 2020 at 20:48

There's nothing wrong with what you did. Most companies will just accept it. If someone asks you for an explanation, you tell them that 8 months at university would improve what you can do and what benefit you in your career, and would benefit the next employer as well.

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    sorry i understood the first part but “ you tell them that 8 months at university would improve what you can do and what benefit you in your career, and would benefit the next employer as well.” can you be a little more clear with this please? — i joined in april 2018 and left march 2019 and re joined december 2019 i didnt need to do a interview or anything they took me stright away i took that 8 month gap to fully commit to my level 4 and ensure i pass so that i can get onto my level 5
    – fahmida
    Nov 15, 2020 at 17:36

What is important in an interview, is your experience. Experience comes in many shapes or forms, even though it may not be immediately obvious to you how it's relevant to a particular job. Going back to school to learn more is generally seen as commendable, as you'll pick up transferable skills such as project and time management, meeting requirements set by others, and presentation and writing skills. Even if the topic you studied is not directly relevant for a job, the fact that you did study counts as experience. You can be proud of it, and should include it on your CV.

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