Using Sick Time to Pursue a Career Opportunity

By Paula Santonocito

You may also want to ask if time off without pay is an option.

If the chance to attend this event is potentially a career-changing opportunity, it may be worth risking your current job for it. In other words, you could let your company know you want to do this, are willing to take unpaid time off, and hope you have corporate support—and if not, go for it anyway.

Although the job market may not be ideal, don’t lose sight of the fact that a big world exists beyond your current confines, and there are still opportunities to be had. In addition, you can create your own opportunities.

If you’re in a dead-end situation, you owe it to yourself to find another path. To do this, you need to listen to your inner voice and have confidence in your ability and your judgment.

You also need to follow through on opportunities, like the one that’s been presented to you—assuming of course you are in a financial position to deal with the potential consequences.

Ultimately, each person must take responsibility for her own career. And sometimes success requires taking chances.


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