Recruiter reached out about a pretty insane job. I know I’d have a shot but I’m 19w and in a country where leave is 12 months. I feel like I would have to disclose this during the interview... thoughts?

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1- congrats on the opportunity - that is exciting.
2- at the risk of offending anyone, the comments saying don’t take a year feel very American (yes I’m american). You should take every moment of the time you wish to take.
3- I would not raise it now. I would explore whether or not this is a real opportunity - many of these convos don’t go very far. If this one starts to feel real, then you should really think about if there is a way you could structure it to make it work and come up with a plan of how it could. Then have a heart to heart with the future manager. The thing is that once you disclose it, you put them in a tough spot legally and ethically as they likely are bound by anti discrimination laws that say they cannot weigh the pregnancy as a factor in your hiring. Because of that I would probably say “here’s the situation. Here’s how I think we could make it work but I recognize X Y and Z factors may not be ideal. I’d like to talk it through with you and if we collectively agree it’s not what is best for the company I’ll withdraw my application and hope that perhaps there will be another opportunity down the road where the timing is better.” I think they would have to respect that approach.
Either way you have an exciting year ahead - be well!


Just to add some context: it’s a leadership role at an agency with a big deal. I don’t feel like I could come in for 3 months and make enough of an impact to leave for 12 months and come back feeling good about my position. Also I don’t need a job, mine is fine, but it’s a bigger named agency and pays A LOT more.

Is it possible that if they really wanted you they would subsidize the nanny?

I would pursue it and wait til you get (close to) an offer and then have a discussion. If you really want the gig maybe there are ways to make it work. But feel out the opportunity first and then have an honest conversation with them if it starts looking like a reality. Maybe their response will pleasantly surprise you. Wouldn’t be so lovely to walk into an opportunity that welcomes and supports a working mother?

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