I’m one of those people who constantly dreams about quitting my job. That is, until it’s actually time to do it.
To give you some background, my brilliant girlfriend was selected for a research position at a biotech company in Southern California. And so I’ve known since May that I’d follow her out there eventually. The only question was whether to stick around for my bonus in January.
Luckily, I received a job offer with a great firm last month. And having officially accepted and completed my background checks last week, I was ready to give my two weeks’ notice. Or so I thought. Little did I know that I’d actually feel sad leaving the place where I’d worked so many long hours on weekends and holidays. I also didn’t expect to feel so grateful for having started my legal career with such wonderful colleagues.
Once I delivered the news, I received almost nothing but support and good humor:
Let me guess, you’re leaving the firm! That seems to be the only reason anyone ever walks into my office these days.
And when I told the partner where I was going, he immediately wrote a nice intro email to someone he knew at my new firm.
Others were equally supportive, and only one partner seemed worried about any outstanding work that I still had:
We’re very sorry to lose you. Regarding Client X, please make sure you finish the project, and please send me a note to confirm.
Not that I plan on leaving anyone hanging anyway! But the words of one partner (my firm mentor) really made me appreciate all of the knowledge and training that I had received during my time here:
You started here assuming that everyone above you knew more than you. Now you take ownership of your work and because of that you’ll do great at your new firm.
So now it’s official – I’m off to greener pastures on November 8!
Just so you know, this post wasn’t meant to be overly dramatic. We all know that the eventual path of this blog will lead to a much more dramatic “I Quit My Job and Achieved Financial Independence” post. That’s why I’ve appropriately titled this post “Part 1.”
Stay tuned for Part 2!