I just an offer to study a master degree at a very good university. However I have recently been applying for jobs as well, and I was contacted by the HR of a company. Basically should I them that I have been given this offer? PS The degree is quite relevant to the nature of the company

  • work...but the process with the company is still ongoing...so I don't know about my chances?
    – Alex
    Aug 3, 2016 at 0:12
  • The company is in real estate, and the msc offer is urban planning and design......my past degree is slightly similar but to do with urban economics...
    – Alex
    Aug 3, 2016 at 0:21
  • Its an MNC but no its not in usa...i already have an msc before in urban economics...but if i write an email saying i prefer to work (but make me sound more "attractive")...would that like work?
    – Alex
    Aug 3, 2016 at 0:24

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From HR's perspective I don't think it'd be any different than your having a competing offer from another company on the table.

At most it might encourage them to expedite their decision process. However since the school year is probably still at month and a half or two months from starting they've probably got enough lead time that it wouldn't seem more urgent to them than normal.

I am assuming that you don't face any major deadlines prior to the start of the school year. If you need to move, make a large non-refundable deposit, or otherwise commit yourself heavily before then you should bring that date or dates up with your HR contact.

  • Yeah, just sent the hr person an email saying that I have this offer but would still prefer to work first...i already had a phone interview plus a skills test with this company...so i'm guessing there is still 1 or 2 interviews left?
    – Alex
    Aug 3, 2016 at 0:44
  • I know what you mean: don't be vague...I've already got an msc so I can simply say studying for another one is just way too much
    – Alex
    Aug 3, 2016 at 0:53
  • it's not about it being too much. I'm sure the company wants to know what YOU want to do. As far as mentioning it in the CV, I don't think that is necessary. You can mention it in an Email/Phone/Interview and be prepared to counter offer, for example asking about potential part-time work and part-time study, or see if your University has a night classes option. Aug 3, 2016 at 11:50

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