When you reach this stage it’s tempting to tell any one who will listen exactly what you think is wrong with FE, with the organisation in which you currently work and exactly what has caused you to decide to leave.
It’s a big mistake to do this.
If you decide to leave FE, do your best to part company with every one on the best possible terms. Don’t annoy your colleagues with remarks about the sector, and by implication, about those who will continue to work in it.
Aim to maintain a cordial but professional relationship with as many people as possible. You never know when you may encounter your ex-colleagues again. If you remain on good terms with them now, there could be opportunities for all parties to help each other in the future.
How to manage your departure
People regularly move from one job to another within FE, but they choose to leave the sector less often. It’s important, therefore, to find a way to tell senior people in your organisation that you’re planning to leave without affronting them and without causing ill feeling. Use the following checklist to help you.
Taking charge of your career
Follow an approach similar to the above and you’ll demonstrate that you’re in control of the situation and of yourself. You’ll also bring structure to the conduct of a difficult activity. Your colleagues will appreciate your professionalism.
If you decide to leave FE, it’s worth making the effort to make a graceful and professional exit. In the longer term, you’ll feel much better about your decision – and so will your ex-colleagues.
Margaret Adams Chartered FCIPD is the author of The Solo Success Start-Up Guide. She helps expert professionals plan for a future that they control. Find out more about her work at: www.margaretadams.co.uk and at www.solosuccess.co.uk