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Asked by Madeleine on October 30, 2016

I received a job offer for an immediate opening; however, I still have a semester left of school. How can I leverage this offer to be extended until the late spring?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on November 4, 2016

When discussing this with the company that offered you the position, I would emphasize to them the importance of your education to you.  This will show them that you are someone who values your own personal and professional development and wants to invest in yourself to make you the best employee you can be.  Let them know that you would love to accept their offer, but completing your education is your first priority right now.  An alternative would be to either ask them if you can push off your start date until after your graduation, or see if there is a possibility to work with them on a part time basis while you are in school with that company providing some kind of tuition reimbursement for you.  Offering them alternatives like these will put the ball back in their court and will demonstrate to you how much interest they truly have in you.  In other words, do they just want you to fill a job now or do they want you to have a career with them.

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Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on November 8, 2016

Hello, First congratulations on a job offer.  But like Steve said, I would let them know you'd love to accept, but you need to finish your education.  You can ask them to delay your start date to finish school, or see if they would be open to you working part time while finishing school.  Typically a company that knows your situation will work with you on an appropriate starte date.  Best wishes!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on November 10, 2016

Congrats on your offer! Very exciting! I would suggest to speak with your recruiter or the hiring manager and let them know that you are very excited about the opportunity but you still have a semester left in school and you plan to finish your degree. I would ask if there is anyway they will be able to push back the start date or allow you to work around your school schedule on a part-time basis. It is best to be open and honest with them. If it is not possible to push the start date back and they are looking for someone right away let them know you are still interested in the opportunity if there is a position that opens up closer to your graduation. Best of luck! 

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