I’m going to be totally honest with you here, leaving your job to go travelling has its ups and downs, but if you are truly passionate about your dreams you will truly find any way you can to reach them. After just recently taking this leap of faith, and changing the plot to my story, I have realized that not everything goes to planned, and in some case are better than originally thought of, That is why I want to give you 5 tips for when that time comes to say “see you later boss, I’m outta here!” So grab your passport where getting you out of here!!
- The tough truth is there is never going to be a “good time” to hand in your notice and quit your job. With constant projects, deadlines, and workloads many employees will spend the most time thinking about the best time to hand in there notice. But whilst you’re trying to keep good connections and keeping everyone happy it takes too much of your time and energy, you end up over thinking about the whole situation and whilst you could be sipping mojitos in Thailand, your sitting at your desk waiting for your boss to come in happy for once so you can tell him your big news! The best advice I can give, is pick a date and stick to it!
- Do not tell anyone at work, ANYONE before you tell your supervisor or boss!! The last thing you want or need is to be building yourself up, only to slip out at lunchtime to your friends that your leaving for a trip around the world. News spread like wildfire in an work environments, I mean what other exiting things do we have to talk about at work? Its hot gossip and everyone is always interested! That’s why make sure you tell the one in charge first! We want to try avoid a award conversation from your boos “oh, so sally from finance told me your planning on leaving us?” Awkward….
- NEVER BURN BRIDGES please, we all know there can be trolls under bridges so don’t burn them down… the last thing you would ever want to do is upset or anger your employer or boss. The last thing you want to do after building your career up over the years is to have no references or positive feedback to give to future employers. Make sure you give at least your minimum notice provided under your employee award or contract (normally 2-4 weeks) but if you really want to be remembered well try to finish off your projects and work first and maybe even chuck in an extra weeks’ notice or two, just to show our boss your committed and respectful to the company.
- Once you have told your boss, you are going to feel like a million bags of sand had just lifted off you, you will be so nervous, but so so so excited that you will want to run around the office and tell EVERYONE! “hay, screw you tom, I will not be doing your printing next month cause im gonnnnneeeee travellliiinnnnggg” yeah, that’s one way of your office finding out about your world trip, but most probably the least pleasant way, and may mean your notice period is brought forward by your boss. I like to see how long it takes for everyone to find out, its always interesting and its odd to see and hear people’s reactions, I was shocked with some people, all they seemed to care about was how much money I was spending and that “I would be broke when I got back” ermmm thanks for the positivity, and no. I will not be broke because I’ve been saving/planning/dreaming about this for 4 years thanks! But hay, on the other hand it is kind of random, and a lot of people can turn nasty and jealous, but others will be so excited and interested! I was lucky enough to only have a few negative comments, but you will brush them off, because hay, your about to embark on a trip of a lifetime!!!! Who is to tell you what you can and can’t do!
- Go out with a bang! Not literally, you don’t want to be remembered as a loud arrogant worker that did something crazy and then threw away your life to go travelling. I mean not everyone will want to hear your travel plans, so maybe keep details limited unless really asked. By go out with a bang, I mean make them remember you, remember you for being that sweet worker that was always happy, friendly and helpful, that offered a helping hand right to the end, finished the work and even set about making sure the replacement understood the work. I often tell those about to leave their jobs to do something special for their bosses, I mean even if he/she is a complete …. The point is whether you like them or not, it is important to make nice gestures because you never know when you may need a reference from them. I like to buy cases of beer, wine bottles, and flowers for mine (depending if they are male/female) I also go about writing a nice personal card thanking them for everything. And when that last day of yours comes around I even send a sneaky email out to the office wishing them all the best and thanking them for everything/provide them with my personal contact details (only give your email/phone to those you want to keep in contact with! We don’t want creepy bob or obsessed sally calling you 24/7)
The best advice is to make sure you stay friendly, helpful and happy right to the end! Don’t get lazy and snap out of it. You still have a job to do, a pay check to ring in and bosses to impress for references later on down the track. I mean you are about to embark on a trip of a lifetime!!!! Be excited, put up a destination photo on your desk top background and start counting down on your calendar! Life is about to take you on one heck of a ride, so be sure to enjoy every moment of it!!