Promotion dilemma

Updated: Apr 28 2004, 05:30am hrs
Q. I am 27 and am expecting a baby in six months. I work as a sub-editor in a magazine and have decided not to continue full-time work once the baby is born.

However, many people in my organisation have recently resigned and the editor has offered me the position of managing editor. This is a golden opportunity and I dont want to let go of it.

At the same time,I have no intentions of working full-time.

I plan to work till the day I can and then call it quits. What should I do
A. I can understand your confusion. Generally, a good way to deal with confusion is to stop thinking too far into the future and deal only with what presents itself before you today. Today, the opportunity that has presented itself to you is to become managing editor of a magazine where you were only a sub-editor. Thats a huge jump, not likely to come too often in life.

Would it be unethical of you to take it when you are planning to leave soon Let me put it to you another way. The editor probably knows youre pregnant, the editor probably suspects you may quit once the baby arrives. But the editor is also in a jam.

He needs someone to do his work today.

Hes put his vote of confidence in you because he thinks youll be able to do it.

Id suggest you take the job. Accept the offer with grace. Even if you quit six months later when the baby arrives, youll quit as managing editor of a magazine not as some anonymous sub-editor. Your resume will be far more impressive with a managing editor title in it for whatever next job you apply for. It will also fetch you a far higher salary than youd get as a sub-editor.

If you do decide to accept the job, do use these six months to really give the job your best shot. That would be the most ethical thing to do as well as the one that would give you maximum learning. Dont just consider it as a way of biding your time till you quit.

Forget worrying too much about the future. Who knows, you may find the job of managing editor so exciting, that you dont want to quit after all. You may just want to take your maternity leave and come back to work. Or you may want to work part-time from home.

Either way all kinds of options will suggest themselves that you cant even see now. And most of all, youll leave your current job much more skilled than you are now.

Simran Bhargava is a writer, editor and trained counsellor.Send questions to: fewomenatwork@yahoo.com