When considering a new job, it is important to make sure the grass will truly be greener on the other side.
While working for a new employer often helps an employee’s career, it can also be a detriment.
Here are essential factors to consider before accepting a job.
4. Start Date
Before accepting a job offer consider if the proposed start date is suitable. If you would prefer to push back your start date in order to spend some time travelling, studying (for example for an MSc or MA) or spending time pursuing another activity, you should ask your prospective employer if this would be possible. Often employers are able to delay your start date, particularly if the position you have been interviewing for is a graduate scheme with a large annual candidate intake.
Consider whether your company will train you, and if it is willing to pay for your exams, your books and any other additional costs or expenses associated with vocational training. You should check the details of your job offer regarding exam resits – it is possible that you will have to pay for any exam resits, which may be expensive. It is also worth investigating what happens if you fail an exam more than once. Many employers will fire trainees who fail multiple exams, and may even ask them to pay back their training costs if this happens, so it is important to know where you stand.
Before accepting an offer you should also check whether you are tied to the company for a certain period of time after you are qualified or not. Some employers require employees to pay back training fees if they leave their job immediately after completing training, for example.
Most private firms, depending on the business, do not allow staff go on public holidays. Some employers offer trainees the chance to buy more holiday (by accepting a lower salary) or sell holiday (earning more money but enjoying less holiday days). You should also be aware of whether or not you will be required to work on bank holidays and other holiday periods during your employment, before you accept an offer. Find out exactly where you stand before signing a contract.