Making an exit

Tomorrow’s the big day: I will be quitting my first full-time job. I have my resignation letter written; I just need to print, sign and seal it. I feel fairly confident that it’ll be an easy conversation. I’ve obviously already moved on professionally and mentally, so that will help assure my stance tomorrow.

Quitting comes with mixed emotions. The most apparent is the feeling of liberation, knowing that I’m in control of my life. There aren’t going to be any fireworks, but I will be loudly cheering on the inside as I set the envelope on my supervisor’s desk. The other feeling is insignificance that comes with the realization that we’re all replaceable. As soon as I quit, they’re going to miss me only until the next graphic designer is hired, and that search starts pretty much immediately. I’m over that, though.

After tomorrow, I will only have two weeks left of work, most of it will be spent wrapping up or preparing projects for the next person. I checked out of this job mentally and emotionally months ago, and only two weeks separates me from fully committing myself to the next step of my life: Korea.

Once I put in my two weeks’ notice, I’m virtually a lame duck. They can’t assign me any more long-term projects, so here are some thoughts on how I might spend the last 10 days at my desk:

  • using the label maker to name each part of the computer
  • reading blogs on how it feels to quit
  • memorizing the Korean national anthem
  • adding “was here” to my nameplate — using aforementioned label maker
  • hand-slicing unnecessary paper (via X-acto, of course) into confetti I can throw on the way out
  • playing “Hallelujah” on repeat for the last hour of the last day

Any other ideas? I’m starting to feel a bit of jittery excitement.


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3 responses to “Making an exit

  1. hellobabies

    B) Make as many labels as you can. Leave them everywhere. ESPECIALLY in places that won’t automatically be discovered by your replacement
    C) Which version of ‘Hallelejah’? It matters.

  2. nomadicmatt

    Thanks for visiting my site. Good luck in Korea. If I knew anyone in seoul, I’d give you their number! but looking forward to your dispatches.

  3. Anthony

    Indeed, we are all replaceable, no matter how good we are at our job. I’m suppose to come back to a job when I return from my two month trip, but I’m not holding my breath on that. Looking forward to future posts.

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