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I handed my notice in today...

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...travel starts soon.
9 years ago, December 31st 2009 No: 1 Msg: #97994  
Just thought I'd share - WOOT!!!!! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 1st 2010 No: 2 Msg: #98027  
N Posts: 8
Well done mate. I am looking forward to doing mine Reply to this

9 years ago, January 2nd 2010 No: 3 Msg: #98124  
Congratulations on taking the big step, Chris! 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 2nd 2010 No: 4 Msg: #98141  
Cheers all. Very exciting. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 3rd 2010 No: 5 Msg: #98181  
3 months notice is quite a lot to have to give. Isnt it usually only month employees have to give?

I used to work for a company that used to ask us to give several months notice, despite it said only one month in our contracts. Nobody ever gave the several months notice, in case it prevented them from getting raises or worse still caused them to get fired or any other yet to be discovered disadvantages to not demonstrating an interest in having a lasting career with that company. :D Reply to this

9 years ago, January 3rd 2010 No: 6 Msg: #98184  
N Posts: 8
Mell,

If your 'higher' in a company, certanly mine you would be expected to give three months. Some are contacted and some are not.

For me it would be just once month but i would let them know three motnhs ahead.

But your right you dont want to tell them too early. If i told them now that i had booked a flgith for six months time i wuld expect much in the way of oportunities and would be loaded with very uninteresting things to do.

Or worse fired three months in..... Reply to this

9 years ago, January 3rd 2010 No: 7 Msg: #98186  
N Posts: 5
well done mate - Where are you travelling to?

I'm handing my formal notice in tomorrow! only a month of work left Reply to this

9 years ago, January 3rd 2010 No: 8 Msg: #98187  
Thanks for the info Adam. Office politics is a work skill onto itself. 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 3rd 2010 No: 9 Msg: #98188  
And, congratulations to you Chris O, on taking the big step! 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 3rd 2010 No: 10 Msg: #98194  
Unfortunately I am contracted to give 3 months notice. I don't mind so much as I planned to go in April anyway. They were pretty shocked when I told them, but my boss also seemed excited for me, which was cool. I'll find out this week, after my boss talks to the big cheese, if they'll have me back when I return. Would be cool.

Chris O - Only a month for you....nice. I'm starting in China, then Thailand (north), Laos, Cambodia, Thailand again (island hopping), Malaysia, OZ, NZ then the USA. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 11 Msg: #98253  
B Posts: 5,187
Congratulations Chris - one of the best feelings in the world isn't it? 😊

It's nice to have a job to fall back on when you return - but - sometimes opportunities you might never have considered or thought possible will present themselves on the road.

If the offer to keep your position for you doesn't happen - enjoy the extra freedom ! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #98268  
If they don't want me back, so be it. We'll see what fate decides. 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #98278  
Let us know if they do let you come back. It would be interesting to know if companies in general are becomming more openminded about people taking time off to travel etc.

So far, I have worked for 2 places, which said I could come back after a few months travel, if I want. It would have meant reapplying for a job, but it would have been easy, because my ex managers would have given me a reference and asked for me to be hired for their department.

The manager at the last company I worked for said ''Not if you want to keep your job!''. eek! I was trapped! But, at least they let me have time off for travel in return for overtime I was always doing. 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 14 Msg: #98312  
B Posts: 281
BIG WOOT! Via con dias! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 15 Msg: #98314  
Congrats Chris... amazing feeling and I assure you the next three months are going to fly by! 😉

If people do want to travel and then go back to the same job, I'd recommend checking out your benefits package through HR. Many people are probably entitled to some kind of career break but are unaware of it.

I had it in my package for up to 5 years, depending upon circumstances. I'm the only person to have ever applied for it and HR had absolutly no idea how to faciliitate it, in the end they just gave me a year off on unpaid leave. It's in the contract we'd both signed so what could they do. It did mean I had a start date I had to be back for which was a shame as we still had the funds to continue. On the flipside, I didn't have to start at the bottom again, it felt REAL GOOD getting paid again and not having to think about every penny I spent was joyous.

Oh and I've got to give three months notice, which once you reach a certian grade in most companies isn't that unusual. When you want to leave the trick is to find employment with a competitor company, then you tend to get that three months off fully paid (garden leave)! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 16 Msg: #98316  
Well done Chris!

I handed in my notice just before Christmas and am also travelling in 3 months time. It is the best feeling, although I have to keep reminding myself that I do have to care about work for just a little bit longer!!

I didnt have to give 3 months notice, only 1, to be honest I couldnt keep my plans secret for much longer I just wanted to tell everyone.

I had asked for 3 months unpaid leave about 6 months ago to start this month but they said no, so I thought Im only 23 and want to travel a bit before I settle too much and I dont see why they should stop me 😊

We can both be on the big coundown now!! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 4th 2010 No: 17 Msg: #98321  

We can both be on the big coundown now!!


Contratulations! 😊

Thanks for the info Michael and Faye! 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 5th 2010 No: 18 Msg: #98452  
I've just been given the news they won't be giving me unpaid leave or officially holding my job for me. But, they aren't going to replace me and have said if my position is still open on my return they may consider letting me go back. To be honest I was expecting a flat 'no', so I think this is a bit of a result.

In the end, I made the decision to travel because it's more important to me than my career right now. If I don't end up going back I'll find something else and I (hopefully) will have wonderful memories of my trip that will stay with me forever.

Now to book some flights! 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 5th 2010 No: 19 Msg: #98459  
That is good!

At least there is a strong possibility of the job being open for you when you return.

My boyfriend and I thought exactly the same thing, seeing some of the world and travelling is more important at the moment. I know that there is a recession on (or has it finished now!?) but by the time we get back we should be ok getting another job but to be honest Im not worried about that at the moment, like you we just want to go have a wicked time and worry about it when we get back!

Good luck with the flight booking 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 5th 2010 No: 20 Msg: #98465  

But, they aren't going to replace me and have said if my position is still open on my return they may consider letting me go back.


Ah, I think they will take you back, if you come back when you say you will. They probably think you might travel, and then decide you like it so much that you dont come back.

In the end, I made the decision to travel because it's more important to me than my career right now. If I don't end up going back I'll find something else and I (hopefully) will have wonderful memories of my trip that will stay with me forever.


Yeah, that is pretty much how it always was for me. I didnt mind working and worked hard, but I considered other things such as travel to be my real life. Work payed for real life as far as I was concerned. But, likely that is because of the types of jobs I had. Maybe there are better ones. But, I havent heard many yet say that they enjoy their job.

Now to book some flights! 😊


When you buy them, that will be the next milestone completed! 😊 Congratulations will be in order again. 😊

You will get another job when you get back. There are always more jobs. I never had a situation where I couldnt get one, even during the worst recessions.


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