When to tell work I'm going back to school?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@annb9:  If you’re comfortable with your boss and think s/he will take your leaving fine then you could give more than 2 weeks, but I don’t see why, unless your leaving will really put the organization in a bind and require longer to find/train your replacement?

Post # 5
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577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@annb9:  I would tell your boss as soon as you decide for sure that you’re going. I was in this same situation a few years ago, I worked at a small nonprofit (also in education) and everyone in the office was close. I told them several months ahead of time that I was leaving for grad school. My position needed a lot of time to fill and train someone for, and they would have been screwed if I’d only given two weeks notice. But regardless of that, if you have a good relationship with your boss and you know she’d be supportive, I think it’s a good gesture to let her know early.

Post # 6
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

@annb9:  I would tell them as soon as you decide for sure. I gave about 4 months notice before I went to grad school and they appreciated having the extra time to look for someone. (I took 1 month off between my job and school) Also, for my job, it helped them in planning because they knew not to assign new projects for me and also helped them allocate my work/projects to other people. 

The funny thing is, I gave notice in March and they didn’t hire my replacement until December… I ended up training my replacement during my first winter break! 

Post # 7
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@caritas:  +1

I don’t see how holding out after April would do any good. I suppose you could wait a little longer, but I don’t really see a need to. It would be a nice gesture I think, and it may help you somewhere down the line if you need a favor from them in the future, good references, etc.

Post # 9
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1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would give them as much time as I could. If you could give a month or two, that is great. The minimum, for a job that you don’t hate, would be 2 weeks. The more time that you give the better, but you need to be sure of the dates. 

Post # 10
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373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@annb9:  

I wouldnt give anymore than 2 weeks notice. I gave a month notice to my old job before I started school and they laid me off the same day. Im glad I did not tell them months earlier when I found out. 

Employers look out for themselves. Im sure if they find your replacment sooner than August they will show you the door.

Post # 11
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I told my employer as soon as I knew I was going – I gave them my last day of work.  They can’t punish you for saying you’re leaving in 3 months and it gives them lots of time to replace you.

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