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# What's your situation at work?

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20 Apr 2010, 13:45
milias wrote:
I'm quitting my current job at the end of May. But alas, I may actually get an internship that will require me to work through the summer. There goes my dream of spending two months on my parents' couch, doing nothing but eat and watch TV.

I feel you Milias!

Just started my unpaid internship today.......and as the alarm woke me up I thought to myself "why the hell am I doing this". But the work seems interesting, its a useful experience and it will help with recruiting later on. So forget about the lovely couch!
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21 Apr 2010, 12:40
Noodles wrote:
I feel you Milias!

Just started my unpaid internship today.......and as the alarm woke me up I thought to myself "why the hell am I doing this". But the work seems interesting, its a useful experience and it will help with recruiting later on. So forget about the lovely couch!

What kind of internship work are you doing, if you don't mind me asking?
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21 Apr 2010, 14:16
I work on the Space Shuttle Main Engines at Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne (Canoga Park, Ca). As you may or may not be aware, the shuttle program is ending... semi-conveniently later this year. After that its really up in the air if I have a job or not. If you watched Obama's speech last week you'd have a rough idea what I'm going though - the entire space-lift industry is undergoing some major changes and tough times, and its a pretty uncertain future. I'm actually really hoping a few of my essay readers saw that speech, because if they did it'll add quite a bit of credibility to my whole app.

I had originally planned on just applying to UCLA and USC's part time programs, but did better ont he GMAT than expected so I sent out some full time apps for the hell of it. My GPA will likely keep me from getting into those schools, but it was worth a try, particularly since I think my work experience is fairly good for a 25 y/o.

My managers know I'm applying and if I get into a full time program I'll make the necessary sacrifices to make it work (it'll certainly be interesting for Fall 2010 if I do). My company itself historically doesn't value MBAs too much, so although I'd get some financial assistance from them doing a part time program, its unlikely I'll return to the company if I went away full time (though that may be changing).

We shall see.

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21 Apr 2010, 16:11
I told the head of my department 2 years ago that I was looking to go back this year. I put in my resignation at the end of February for the end of June with some more flexible arrangements to take time off to pick my school, find an apartment, visit family, attend conferences, etc. They agreed and have been awesome about it. Even offered me a space in the MBA recruitment program we have, if I want to come back in 2 years.

Not sure I have any intention of coming back to financial services but who knows what will happen in a few years. Good to know I have it as a fallback.

The comments about leaving on a good note is so true. It can really help you out some day. Plus I know my CMO has connections in several industries I'm interested in so it was critical to my career that I stay in their good graces.
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21 Apr 2010, 16:19
I've told my boss that I was considering applying, but mostly because I knew I would need a rec letter from him. Even once I am accepted, I will only give a two weeks notice. In my previous jobs, I've watched people give more notice out of consideration to the company, and only get screwed because of it.

It depends on your job though, and the company you work for. Everywhere is a little different.

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22 Apr 2010, 13:31
I found out on Tuesday that my last day will be May 31. I was hoping to hang on into mid-June for a few extra weeks of pay (and an extra month of health care), but they didn't make that much of an option. They actually stuck me on a project that started Tuesday and literally wraps up on my last day, so they'll get their money's worth. I'm also a little irritated about the way they are dealing with unused vacation, but that's another story.

Nevertheless, I'm sure I'll enjoy the extra few weeks off!

This new project actually should be interesting in theory, but at this point I'm not particularly motivated or interested, so the next month will still probably be a challenge! I started marking down the days to go. In a couple hours, I'll be down to 26!

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22 Apr 2010, 13:40
asimov wrote:
mmphf wrote:
In my previous jobs, I've watched people give more notice out of consideration to the company, and only get screwed because of it.
I agree that the length of the notice is a judgement call. Some company will not bother with the notice and just fire you. Others will give you all the crap work. If you are in those type of work atmosphere where the company doesn't value its workers, 2-week is a sufficient courtesy, since they already burned the bridge and set that kind of expectation for everyone.

However, there are plenty of companies (like ones mentioned in the thread) that treat the workers fairly. In those cases, I think giving a longer notice is proper to ensure good transition, especially if you are working on a lot of specialized projects. I'm sure you won't like other people dropping a half-finished project in your lap.

Working for a better company is why I want an MBA! Totally depends on the company and your position, and the type of relationship that you want to have with your employer after you leave. Though my boss was really excited for me that I was considering getting my MBA (he is a great boss), I unfortunately don't trust the company and his bosses. It will be two weeks when I get the final date.

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22 Apr 2010, 17:28
conmisdosmanos wrote:
If you need to keep a running countdown on your desktop, I suggest: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

ugh, 70 days?!?!?! I don't think I can use the counter yet, this is depressing...I think I need a counter that counts down work days.
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28 Apr 2010, 12:20
highhopes wrote:
conmisdosmanos wrote:
If you need to keep a running countdown on your desktop, I suggest: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

ugh, 70 days?!?!?! I don't think I can use the counter yet, this is depressing...I think I need a counter that counts down work days.

Are you ending in late June? I am trying to work out a last day with my current employer and early June seems to work best for both of us, however, they have said that I can stay as long as I want...my big concern is what looks OK on my resume. If I leave work in June and am not really doing anything work related for the summer is that going to raise red flags to future employers?

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28 Apr 2010, 15:24
I hope not - I'm leaving in early June and plan to take the summer off. I'm sure they understand that most people have to plan, move, etc. Also, after working my tail off for four years, a few months off to clear my head before school will be nice.

What are people doing with their time off? My boss laughed when I shrugged my shoulders in response to this. Guess I should make some plans but I don't have anyone to travel with as most of my friends don't have the money or time right now.

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28 Apr 2010, 15:33
dcdevil wrote:
highhopes wrote:
conmisdosmanos wrote:
If you need to keep a running countdown on your desktop, I suggest: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

ugh, 70 days?!?!?! I don't think I can use the counter yet, this is depressing...I think I need a counter that counts down work days.

Are you ending in late June? I am trying to work out a last day with my current employer and early June seems to work best for both of us, however, they have said that I can stay as long as I want...my big concern is what looks OK on my resume. If I leave work in June and am not really doing anything work related for the summer is that going to raise red flags to future employers?

Totally fine...I knew I'd get stir crazy if I took too much time off, so just a few weeks for me. I'm also way cheap, so no traveling for me pre-school either.
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07 Jun 2010, 10:14
so i finally told my manager last week and i will say i'm happy i didn't say anything earlier. aside from the couple of people i'm really close with, i've gotten the cold shoulder and "the look" from so many people. my manager has said about four sentences to me all of today. he's not upset with me, just spinning about what to do and how to replace me, but it's weird nonetheless. i will say i don't ever think i'll encounter these people again in my professional life, but i just need to make sure my manager will give a good reference in the future.
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07 Jun 2010, 11:16
i only told a tech lead (also my rec.) about my plans. The reason being one of my managers is bit gossiper - if i told him and ask him for rec. the whole office would know by the end of the day - being more than a year away this would look really bad... My other manager is very tough and undoubtedly it would look very bad if i told him.... so for now only my rec. knows about my application although there are 2 others who know that I took the GMAT.
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07 Jun 2010, 11:19
rhyme wrote:
My boss thought I was going part time. I never corrected him until it came time to quit.

Exactly what I was thinking of doing. Hope it's not shady!

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07 Jun 2010, 11:30
switcher wrote:
rhyme wrote:
My boss thought I was going part time. I never corrected him until it came time to quit.

Exactly what I was thinking of doing. Hope it's not shady!

Same with my boss and I was pretty sure that I was totally clear when I said FULL-TIME MBA. Ah, well but now they think I am coming back post-MBA.

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07 Jun 2010, 11:34
isnt it better to just not risk early termination or awkwardness to save it for last minute? Thats what most people do when looking for new jobs no?
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07 Jun 2010, 11:41
shaselai wrote:
isnt it better to just not risk early termination or awkwardness to save it for last minute? Thats what most people do when looking for new jobs no?

Well, I think most of our bosses know prior as they're typically one of the references we use in the application process.

Mine did my references in January and I got my first admit at the end of February. I remained hush-hush about any interviews or admissions news, and then I was asked in May what my plans were. I finally resigned last week with a departure date of July 23.

It's a "good" reason to leave as no employer would ever have especially harsh feelings against someone looking to further their education. When you leave a company to join another one, it's kind of like a break up to leave a hotter woman, but leaving to go to school is more like a break up because you realize you're gay.

I think a lot of employers like the extra notice to find a suitable replacement in a pleasant departure like this. Plus, it gives them time to organize any extras (you never know - they could reward you with a goodwill scholarship for your great work).

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07 Jun 2010, 11:50
oh yes, and even better as they try to see if i will reconsider - "you know you were just about to receive a raise". people haven't gotten raises here in two years, there is nothing they could pay me to make me forgo the opportunities at Wharton.
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07 Jun 2010, 13:32
hmm i didnt think it that way... i view it as a big risk. With my 2 managers 1 probably will do it but like i said everyone will know about it pretty much more than a year ahead (since i am going for fall 2011). My other manager probably wont do it and he probably will be tougher - that is why i picked the Lead i was working with...
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18 Jun 2010, 15:06
I gave my notice months ago. In fact I’ve already trained my replacement. Now that I have limited responsibilities I find it hard to concentrate at work and get anything accomplished. Currently my last day is set for 07/23. My boss, who’s been great and even wrote my lor’s, is going to be on vacation my last week so we are having my going away lunch celebration 07/16. I’m thinking of making this my last day sense I’m pretty much useless at this point anyway. At least I have a vacation next week. Hopefully I’ll get some motivation to finish…

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