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The end of the semester and calendar year are quickly approaching. Many of us are re-evaluating what our priorities are and how we want to spend our time. We may even be cutting back on our time commitments completely.

If you are quitting your current job or internship, don’t feel guilty about it. You have a right to focus on school or to accept other opportunities you are offered. Don’t worry — there’s a way to quit that is responsible and professional. 

First, tell your boss privately and in person. Don’t be the person that emails your boss that you’re never coming back again, or the person that ghosts their boss.

I know these ways of quitting may sound crazy, but I’ve had coworkers do them. Don’t be that person — you’re better than that. 

Second, give your boss at least a two-week notice. Christmas will be here before we know it, so you will have to plan ahead for this one.

You want to leave your job in a way that is respectful to the rest of your coworkers so that you don’t leave anyone hanging. It’s best to tell your boss about your plans ahead of time

Third, don’t gossip about your coworkers as you leave. I’ve seen people leave their jobs in very disrespectful ways. Don’t burn your bridges on the way out. I know some people who have left their job and then returned, but this is only possible if they left in a way that was respectful and courteous to everyone else.

Who knows what networking advantage may come in the future because of the experience you gained at your current job? You may even need your boss to write you a letter of recommendation in the future. Quit with class. 

Lastly, thank your current boss for the experience and opportunity. Be grateful and gracious. You are better prepared for the next opportunity because of the experience you gained at your current job. Show your gratitude. 

Although leaving a job or internship can be difficult, especially if you really enjoyed it, sometimes it is for the best. Be prepared to leave in the most respectful way possible, and you will thank yourself later.

I suggest looking forward to what’s next while remaining grateful for what’s past.