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Changing jobs after maternity leave

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by toastandtea, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. toastandtea

    toastandtea New commenter

    I’m in a bit of a quandary of what to do having only just returned from maternity leave. While on mat leave there was a restructure of SLT and without meaning to give too much away for fear of being recognised, my role has become effectively not needed. I say this because roles have been created over the top of mine that make my role redundant basically. So technically I’ve still returned to work with the same role but I don’t see how it fits in. While on mat leave I was told about the opportunity for promotion to one of these higher roles as it were but because I have returned part time I was told the role was for full time staff only. Unfortunately I was unwell during pregnancy due to severe sickness so in effect I was off work for 15 months in total.
    Prior to this school I was a deputy head but left because my husband and I were relocating. I’ve seen a deputy head job come upat a nearby independent school. Would I be mad to apply for it? Do heads see maternity leave on a CV and run a mile?? I don’t want to work in a dead end job even though I love my child dearly and want to be able to be there for her. Or am I just being far too optimistic thinking I can apply for this job having been off recently and just have to accept dead end job for a while??
    Thoughts would be greatly appreciated..
  2. SCAW12

    SCAW12 Occasional commenter

    Apply for the job you've seen and see if you get an interview perhaps? Hope you don't advise your students not to apply for 'dead end jobs', there is a job role for everyone after all, dependent on skill and ability. Good luck!
  3. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Well, anything you put on your CV will, of course, be seen by a future employer. I don't know if heads run a mile or not as everyone will have their own thoughts and prejudices. I wish you well.

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