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    So, I've just accepted a position of project leader which will be for 2 mornings per week and on a 9month contract. The job is perfect because it fits around my open uni studies and will be excellent experience for the CV.
    The dilemma however is that I have been offered a MSC in Bristol starting in September - 2 months before the contract ends. I really want to do the masters and deferring isn't an option - one of the reasons I chose Bristol is my girlfriend is studying there and will be going into her third year and were so excited that we're gonna be living in Bristol next year.
    I know I can obviously leave the job early giving notice but I'm worried this will annoy the employer and I won't get references and showcase this brilliant project leader experience on my CV.
    Can I offer to make up the time and complete the project early (is a research project which will involve writing a report ) or is there no way I can do this without burning bridges. I'd tell them in June about the masters to give them at least 3 months notice and if offer to make up the hours but I'm worried I'll do the job get all the great experience but won't be able to ever mention it in future job interviews in case they ask for a reference . Any thoughts?
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    Employers are well prepared and aware of these sorts of situations and please also bear in mind that as much as we like to think so none of us is irreplaceable! Depending on your relationship with your employer you can talk to them about the situation and offer to finish the work early. I'm sure they'd appreciate that. If that's not possible then enough notice is good enough for them to make the necessary arrangements so they're not left in the lurch.
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    (Original post by Stox)
    As alleycat says, this is just how life works. Do the decent thing and tell the employer in plenty of time, when you are on top of the project, and there are options on how to finish the work, but if you've done a decent job, your reference will be fine. A reference has to be honest, if the only thing you can be criticised on is that you left a contract 2 months early, then anyone criticising you for that in a reference will just look an idiot to the reader. Employment and career opportunities work like that.
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