It’s no secret that I’m pursuing my passion. I talk and think about it multiple times every day.
One thing that’s a negative about me pursuing my passion is that I have to leave my job. Yes, it will be great to be able to do things that I enjoy in life, and to have more time to do what I want, but this means that I have to actually quit my job.
I am currently a financial analyst/investment banker and have been doing this for over three years now. Definitely no passion in this job, at least not for me.
Some people think that I’m just being a baby, but my work really does rely on me a lot. I know a lot of people probably say this and believe that they are irreplaceable, but I can truly say that my work is very reliant on me as I was/am in the process of being Vice President and then President in a couple of years.
It also takes 3 to 5 years to train someone for my position (you need at least 2,000 hours after you earn your designation, which takes 2-3 years, in order to be certified), and there is a very limited amount of people (this includes me and my bosses) in the world who do what I do for a living, so the possibility of them replacing me with someone who doesn’t need to be trained at all and who already has the certification is very small.
There are more details to this, but it will just make me sound like a terrible person for wanting to leave. All of my friends and W all think that when I tell them that it will go horribly, and they all know how important I am in my firm.
I’m absolutely terrified of telling them, and I would of course like to leave on good terms. The people I work with are wonderful people, and have always been very nice to me. And that’s why it makes it even harder to leave, because they are great!
I don’t want to burn any bridges.
Even though the city I live in is fairly large with millions of people, everyone seems to know everyone in some way. I might need to use them as a reference in the future as well, and I would hate to hurt that in any way. Of course, I don’t want to think of something bad happening with my freelancing, but you never know!
Tell your work first
I can’t think of many instances where it would be better to tell everyone else before your boss first, so definitely tell your boss first. Of course I have told all of you through my blog, but I do blog somewhat anonymously. Tell your boss before you tell your coworkers.
Try to keep everything positive if you can. Different circumstances will lead to either positive or negative outcomes, but if you can be positive and you leaving is actually in your control (such as if you found a better job or are pursuing your passion instead) then keeping everything positive is most likely best. Be thankful and appreciative for your time in your position and let your boss know of this.
Give your work notice
You should definitely give your work notice. Unless there are certain circumstances where you cannot, you should give at least 2 weeks notice so that your employer can prepare and hire a replacement.
You should be prepared for them to ask you to leave immediately, and you should also be prepared to stay an extra 2 weeks or so. Do what is right for you though.
For me, 2 weeks won’t help them much, but I will be giving notice. They might have me just leave right as I am telling them. However, if they do ask that I stay an extra month, that will not destroy my life so I will do that as well. Like I said, I do like my employer, and I don’t just want to leave them hanging.
Luckily, I have been in the process for quite some time with creating an instruction manual for smaller parts of my position. This will make it a little bit easier for someone who replaces me, as this instruction manual is over 100 pages of very detailed information.
What tips do you have for someone who wants to quit their job?
Have you ever been scared to quit your job?
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