Within the next week, I'm expecting to hear back regarding two offers: one for further education in another country in about 4-5 months' time, and another for a part-time job beginning in the next month or so.
If I receive the offer from the university, then I will accept. If I also receive an offer for the job, then I'm not sure how I should go about accepting the job without being dishonest. I figure that if I tell my employer I'll be leaving in a few months, they'll cut me off right there and hire someone else.
What is the most professional/ethical way to handle this situation, assuming I receive both offers? I don't wish to deceive my employer, but neither do I feel I should be denied a job I need and am passionate about because of my future plans.
When should I notify my employer? A month or so before I intend to leave, or immediately (i.e. as soon as I receive the university offer)? Is it considered unprofessional to hide my future plans from the employer for fear of being discriminated against, or is this kind of discrimination considered ethical and appropriate in the work place?
This question is similar in title only: How can one resign from a new job gracefully?
My question is about an entirely different circumstance.