Post # 1
I was accepted to graduate school a few weeks ago, and while I haven’t decided 100%, I am leaning towards going back to school in the fall. Right now, I work full-time at a small non-profit, and while I love the organization, my boss and my co-workers, this isn’t a job I could stay in forever, nor is it in the field I want to be in (education).
Anyway, I am waiting to hear back from the school in terms of financial aid and graduate assistanships. Assuming I get some money to off-set the cost of the program (it’s only a 1 year program), I will definitely be going back, but I’m not making any final decisions until then. The financial aid package should be finalized in mid-April and the program would start at the end of August.
I know that when you’re leaving for another job, 2 weeks is customary, however, I don’t know what the deal is with leaving for graduate school. Last year, one of my co-workers left to go to grad school and he told us like 6 months in advance (as soon as he was accepted and decided to attend). Obviously, I won’t even know for sure 6 months in advance, but I’m not sure if I should let my boss know in mid-April when I’ve decided, or if I should wait until later.
What do you think?
Post # 3
- 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 # 4
@mchitt329: I just feel like with a new job offer, you tell your current job as soon as you know (so you can start the new job ASAP). I wouldn’t want my boss to feel like I had been holding out on this information for months…it seems kind of rude. I LOVE my boss and she would absolutely support my decision to go back to school, so that’s not what I’m worried about.
Post # 5
@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
- 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
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 # 8
@canarydiamond: Great! That’s what I was planning on doing, but I wasn’t sure what the proper protocol was. Thanks!!
Post # 9
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
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
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.
Post # 12
@Vanilla-latte: That definitely wouldn’t happen here, but I’m so sorry that happened to you! Last year, a co-worker left in July for school and let us know in January. I know I’d be safe in terms of my job, it would just give us a longer time to look for a replacement, instead of rushing the process in 2 weeks.
@MsGinkgo: Yeah, that’s what I’ve decided I’m going to do. My boss loves me, so I know she will be nothing but happy for me and will really appreciate the extra time to look for a good replacement.