Uncharted

Friends forging a course together through the unexpected

2 Weeks November 20, 2012

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 9:45 pm
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Tomorrow is my last day of work at my current job.  I’ve been in my current role for 2 years and in total I’ve been at the company for 5 and a half years.  Tomorrow I have to say goodbye to co-workers who I’ve spent time with every day- more time than I spend with my family, friends, and even Dave.  The problem is I’m not very good at goodbyes.  Tomorrow I have over 100 goodbyes to give.  Needless to say I am not looking forward to it.  Sometimes I think it would be easier if I was leaving on bad terms!  Okay I’m not serious about that.  I’m glad I am leaving on a good note.  Giving two weeks notice and preparing/training my boss as much as possible so she can train my replacement (when they are hired), these are the professional and right things to do.  I’m happy to give these.

Since this was my first job out of college I haven’t been in this situation before.  Being in the Human Resources field, I had a pretty good idea of what was proper, but I researched anyway {sounds about right}.  Most of the advice is basic:

  1.  Give two weeks in person
  2. Prepare a resignation letter- yes a real letter!
  3. Be professional when you leave
  4.  DON’T BURN ANY BRIDGES

That last part is in caps because that is the main advice people give.  I have followed this advice to a T and am still feeling a bit worried.  I’m racing to get all the things that need to be completed or handed off done and there will still be things undone or unexplained when I leave tomorrow.  I pushed myself hard these past two weeks because I didn’t want anyone to blame me for things after I was gone.  Ultimately I’ve decided that it probably will happen and that is okay.  It’s easy to blame the person that is no longer there.  Hopefully I’ve prepared them enough that it won’t happen that often, but I am in an accepting place now.  Besides, I’ve been blessed with so many ‘best wishes’ , ‘sad to see you gos’ and even a few ‘there is no one like yous’.  It makes it easier to leave {and at the same time a little harder}.

So on the week that the whole country celebrates Thanksgiving…I want to say that I am thankful for the people I’ve worked with for the past five years of my life.  If I could I would tell each of them how much of an impact they have made not only my professional career, but my personal life.  I have learned so much and wish them and the company all a bright future.  I am also thankful for the new opportunity I am about to start.  Can’t wait to meet all the new people who will impact my life during the next piece of my career!

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