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    I work in a school as a teaching assistant and have been working there since January 2015.

    Basically, in the summer holidays my circumstances changed so I ended up moving further away from work which I was gutted about. I now commute 3 hours in total a day to get to and from work and sometimes longer with the traffic.

    Since being back, I've been to two job interviews which I requested time off for and told my employer why. I was unsuccessful at both (which felt a bit embarrassing) but I dont want to lie about it and my managers seem understanding.

    Anyway, I had a day off sick (which I lied about so I could deal with an important family issue) this issue was on going so a booked a day off related to that which they gave me unpaid (this kinda made me feel like I shouldn't have lied the first time - but I didn't tell them the truth cos I'd already done it)

    And more recently I've actually been ill so I've had two days off (for the same reason I'd told them last time - karma hey?). So in total I've had 3 days off sick and 3 days off which have been authorised. That's a total of 6 days since September.

    I feel really bad about it all but I have another interview coming up soon and I'm thinking about not going to it now. But I'm planning on moving away soon but want to find a job before I leave my job. There's no way of me getting time off for interviews without telling my employer and I've been told by colleagues that they have to authorise time off for interviews. But I feel like I don't know if it's worth asking again or leaving it for a while or just leaving my job and then look for another one and hope I find one sooner... But the think with this option is that I don't know if I'd be able to afford it financially unless I got a job straight away which I can't guarantee.

    It's just a waste of time off though if I don't get the job but the job is perfect because it starts around January which is when I plan on moving.
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    P.s. The upcoming interview is all day. And I've taken full days off for all previous interviews.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I work in a school as a teaching assistant and have been working there since January 2015.

    Basically, in the summer holidays my circumstances changed so I ended up moving further away from work which I was gutted about. I now commute 3 hours in total a day to get to and from work and sometimes longer with the traffic.

    Since being back, I've been to two job interviews which I requested time off for and told my employer why. I was unsuccessful at both (which felt a bit embarrassing) but I dont want to lie about it and my managers seem understanding.

    Anyway, I had a day off sick (which I lied about so I could deal with an important family issue) this issue was on going so a booked a day off related to that which they gave me unpaid (this kinda made me feel like I shouldn't have lied the first time - but I didn't tell them the truth cos I'd already done it)

    And more recently I've actually been ill so I've had two days off (for the same reason I'd told them last time - karma hey?). So in total I've had 3 days off sick and 3 days off which have been authorised. That's a total of 6 days since September.

    I feel really bad about it all but I have another interview coming up soon and I'm thinking about not going to it now. But I'm planning on moving away soon but want to find a job before I leave my job. There's no way of me getting time off for interviews without telling my employer and I've been told by colleagues that they have to authorise time off for interviews. But I feel like I don't know if it's worth asking again or leaving it for a while or just leaving my job and then look for another one and hope I find one sooner... But the think with this option is that I don't know if I'd be able to afford it financially unless I got a job straight away which I can't guarantee.

    It's just a waste of time off though if I don't get the job but the job is perfect because it starts around January which is when I plan on moving.
    Talk to your boss. Explain the situation and apologise for taking so much time off. You need to have a job to go to, so don't just leave the one you have. If the job is perfect, go for it.

    Good luck!

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    tell your boss the truth and attend the interview

    the worst that could happen is that at some point they tell you you're having too much time off, you want to leave anyway so does that matter? they seem to have been understanding so far so there's no reason to assume they will be difficult or cause problems with the reference and so on...

    I would try not limit the time off I take for other reasons, but again, tell the truth, if it's a family situation/caring situation etc they will be more understanding than for sickness as when you rack up a lot of sick days it starts to look fake
 
 
 
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