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Too long notice period

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by milenamleko, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. milenamleko

    milenamleko New commenter

    I work as a TA and changed my job this September. The school did not prepare my contract till December, but I was happy that I have my job, so it did not bothered me that much. Stupid, I know...
    At the end od December I received my contract at least, but still did not signed it yet, as I had some doubts then.

    Nowadays I actively look for some other job, in some absolutely different sector. My school days give me no more than anxiety, stress and I am mentally exhausted every day.
    I found in my contract that after the probation period I have to give two months notice period. Ridicoulus really, nobody will wait for me that long as I am not the highest class specialist, and positions I want to apply for are easy to fill by other more flexible candidates. Moreover, school wants me to adjust the notice period to the end of semester.

    I attend interviews, and if some of them will be successful, I am going to give one month notice period or even shorter. Can I have some serious trouble because of this? I feel that my mental health is in a very poor condition now, I suffer from panic attacks or suddenly start to cry in the bus etc. I feel relief when scratch my hands to blood, or bang my head with fists, so as you see there is some self-harmed behaviour involved.
    I should to go to my GP, tell him about the situation and ask for sick note or so, but the situation is brutal, and as long it is possible I need to work, because I need money for my rent, food etc. So far I hope that I will find some new job, and it will be the best cure for all my problems.

    How do you think, if they disagree to let me go as soon as possible - can I mention about delays with receiving contract? I am so desperate that sometimes I think that I am even ready to offer my future employer immediate start, and leave school by delivering my resignation and sick note from GP (I am sure that in my situation it will not be a problem to have one).

    If anyone was in similar situation, can you share with your experience?
     
  2. lizdot

    lizdot New commenter

    Milenamleko, I'm afraid I can't offer help on a notice period, but I think you must go to your GP urgently. Your health matters more than anything.
     
  3. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    Firstly, you need to see your doctor about your mental health as soon as possible. That's far more important than any job contract. Secondly, go to Citizens Advice. They'll be able to tell you more about getting out of your contract. If the long notice period wasn't mentioned in the job description then you may be able to argue that it was an extra clause put in without your agreement and therefore you don't have to abide by it.
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Firstly that is the 'standard notice' for a teaching position, so I'm wondering if someone has sent you a teaching position contract?

    Legally whether you've signed the contract or not, it was my understanding that you'd 'accepted' the terms & conditions? That was what a teacher I knew was told when they were presented with a new contract they thought unfair and disadvantageous. Perhaps someone with more legal knowledge may be able to say?

    However your health must always be your nain concern.
     
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Get yourself to the doctor. Find a helpline. Call it/them.

    Don't worry about the notice period. I'm sure that work will agree to a month's notice after you've been off for a week or two. They'll get the message. But for now? Immediate help required.
     
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  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

  7. milenamleko

    milenamleko New commenter

    Thank you for all the answers. I have decided to go to GP as soon as possible - it may take some time as my one is very busy. However, I hope that during the holidays I will get there eventually. I will ask for medicine and recommendation of some therapy - it cannot be like this any longer!
    Fingers crossed as I have another interview next week. This is a stress factor for me as well - I had some interviews last weeks, and was rejected everywhere :( this is hard for me as well, maybe I look too desperate or so?
    I hate this place so much. So most of TA's do. I really cannot believe how happy was I when got this position - sounds like a grumpy joke now, really...
     
  8. Presleygirl

    Presleygirl Occasional commenter

    You need to look after you, and keep trying hopefully you will find your tribe
     
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  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You didn't get those jobs because:

    you weren't already a personal friend of someone there
    you were too old
    you were too young
    you just didn't "look" right
    you just didn't "sound" right
    someone else had a GCSE in Applied Martial Arts
    you were too experienced
    you were too inexperienced

    You were not rejected.
     
  10. milenamleko

    milenamleko New commenter

    Hallo after some break.
    It took me a long time to start fixing my life and mental health. But better slow than none, huh? ;)
    I put my resignation this week and already had a conversation with principal, who tried to make me guilty that I am leaving in the middle of a year. Like this was my problem, lack of staff because of various reasons...
    I already found a new job too, and I have a date when I will start it.
    In two weeks I will have my GP appointment, and hopefully I will have medicine and therapy. I already feel better.
     
  11. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Good for you. Stick to your guns, as you say, it's not your problem the school is going to be without a TA in the middle of the year. These things happen and a good school copes.
    I hope the GP will help you, although you sound as if you are able to help yourself a bit too.
    Good luck with the new job.
     
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