I just quit my job and you can too – 5 handy tips
So…part of setting of on a global adventure for an extended period of time includes sorting out what to do with the jobs that have kept us occupied, and paid, for the last umpteen years. I have to go ahead and quit my job.
How did I quit my job?
After spending our “summer” break packing up and clearing out and hanging out at the likes of MacPac and Kathmandu for all the good sales, Andrew and I agreed that we would give our respective bosses as much lead in time to us leaving as possible. The reason was two-fold; partially so they didn’t get any nasty surprises 4 weeks before we left and secondly so we could finally start talking about the trip! Keeping something as life changing as this on the down-low is way hard.
So, our first Monday back in the office came around after the Christmas break. After a bit of a pep talk from Andrew I caught up with my manager and broke the news. She was delighted for us that we were taking this big step but let me know she was pretty sad to be losing me too.
It felt incredible to talk about it and we agreed that while I wont hand in my notice until closer to my end date (4 weeks out, give or take), I can at least tell the team. Phew.
So. much. relief.
At the same time, talking about it makes it very real and its suddenly feeling pretty scary!
Andrew had a yarn with his boss too and the reaction was pretty much the same, delighted but gutted in equal parts. We’re lucky to have such great employers who are so happy to hear we’re off to grow and have fun.
What tips can I give you?
Are you getting ready to go on a adventure like us? If you’re fretting about telling your employer because you’re afraid to tell your boss you’re leaving or because you don’t actually hate your job, you just want to deal to your itchy feet and come back, here are 5 quick tips to help you out:
- Tell your boss first, before your teammates. It can be really tempting to talk to your work BFF, and even if your trust them with your life, you dont want to run the risk of your news getting back to your boss by any channel other than you.
- Make a plan. Actually book a flight, bus, boat or whatever you need to get out of town. Now you have a date to work with.
- Give as much notice as possible. Make sure you know what your obligations are first – in NZ most contracts state 4 weeks but its good to check your own contract first – and as soon as you’ve made your plan let your boss know, even if its months away.
- Don’t burn your bridges. Even if you’re leaving because you can’t stand your team, boss or role, do it with style, poise and remember you still need a reference when you get back from your jet-setting adventure!
- Be ready to answer questions and explain your trip to lots of people! Once you start sharing it with your boss and team, everyone will want to know everything!
You got this, now go quit your job, travel the world, follow our blog and tell us about it!