This advice goes to not only soldiers leaving active duty but anyone leaving one career for a new one. Always leave on a good note. You never know when you may cross paths with those people again. Furthermore, you never know know when you might need their help.
I’m Leaving Anyway…
Don’t be the guy who lays down and just has a “I’m leaving anyway” kind of attitude. Trust me, the people you use to work for will remember that when the new employer calls for a reference. On top of that, you probably won’t feel to good about it afterwards. Sure, storming out of that crappy job burning the bridges along the way to your new career may seem awesome, but you’ll likely regret it.
Get over the fact that you hated your boss or whatever it was that made you leave. They are humans with emotions too. The last thing you need is then thinking negative about you. When I decided to leave AGR, it wasn’t in the best of circumstances. My supervisor and I left at the same time and he gave me the same advice, “Don’t burn bridges” so I tried not to. Even without trying, I still felt like I did with some people.
Things Left Unfinished
We had a COMET coming up and with me, the Supply SGT, not being in the picture would have made it difficult. So, even though I gave my 2 weeks, I was asked to stay until the inspection was over and we were expected to pass. So, that’s what happened. We ended with a passing evaluation on an inspection we were told we would fail so naturally you’d feel accomplished, but I didn’t. I was leaving, and at first it felt ok but soon I began to feel a sense of regret.
I think it came from leaving the job unfinished. There was still so much to do in order to get this company in line the way it needed to be and I realized I could have made it better. Now that I’m gone it’s too late. Soon it will be someone else’s responsibility.
Now that it’s been several months, I look back and think about everything that went on. I could say that if I had stuck around for another month things would be different, but I would be lying. I had a lot of things going on in my personal life that were negatively affecting my job performance, and it really got it me. I was use to being the person everyone bragged about and called for advice but I had become the person people talked about because I was behind, or at least I felt that way. I hate being behind….
I think sometimes we need to go through some things in order to get to the next chapter of our lives. Me leaving AGR and pursuing a work from home marketing career definitely showed me a thing or two. The risk didn’t pan out, and because of it, I received an education that not many people can afford.
Do I regret it, no. It sucks at times, but I would not have had that experience without it. Now, my new employer is bragging on me, talking about wanting me to stay for a very long time. Everyone is impressed with me at work from the speed and accuracy of my work. I’ve got back to that status finally. The personal stuff has got better and is no longer an issue causing my work performance to suffer. Even the CEO has met me in the hallway and bragged about me. This is how you should leave your job, when/if that time comes.