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I quit my job today...

post #1 of 27
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Yeah, my boss finally found out how much time I spent on TCS at work

No, I finally bit the bullet and decided to be mature and responsible and admit to my boss that after nearly five years my heart just wasn't in it anymore, and it was time to go. He was really stunned, but told me he really respected the fact that I was so honest with him, and was really happy about the way I'd gone about it.

It was so hard, I had written him a formal letter, and I sat there crying and sobbing and could barely get the words out.

I've never had such a good job, or such an amazing boss. He is more than a boss, he is my friend and mentor, and I will miss him incredibly. This was the hardest decision I have had to make in five years. Including my divorce.

I gave him six weeks notice and will finish up the day before Good Friday. He said we'll have to have a huge party and I'm looking forward to that with mixed feelings.

So, I wonder what the wide world will provide for me next? I resigned without another position to go to, but I think that it won't be too hard to secure something by mid-April. Ahhhh, it's a huge relief, but I'm terribly sad, too.
post #2 of 27
aah what a brave thing for you to have done. Its better getting out than ending up resenting the job. And as one door closes....
I'm sure you will get something very soon.
What was it you do at your job?
post #3 of 27
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I was the practice manager for a gastroenterologist, at a private hospital just near where I live.

And I realised, too, that it's not only him I'll miss, but our anaesthetists, and all of our wonderful patients who I have such a relationship with.
post #4 of 27
My jaw dropped for a second when you said it was because of TCS. What does a practice manager do?
post #5 of 27
Sarah, what was it that made you leave a job you sound like you loved? It takes alot of courage to leave one job without having another lined up.
post #6 of 27
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A practice manager basically runs the medical practice. I was like receptionist, secretary, P.A. and executive assistant all rolled into one!

Susie, I decided to leave because the job was no longer a challenge, I was becoming easily distracted and finding it difficult to concentrate, and my work was starting to slip. I'd felt that way for months, and tried many things to get the old spark back, but nothing worked. I just had to admit my time was up and it was time to go.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
A practice manager basically runs the medical practice. I was like receptionist, secretary, P.A. and executive assistant all rolled into one!

Susie, I decided to leave because the job was no longer a challenge, I was becoming easily distracted and finding it difficult to concentrate, and my work was starting to slip. I'd felt that way for months, and tried many things to get the old spark back, but nothing worked. I just had to admit my time was up and it was time to go.
Well, like I said, good for you for having the courage........I hope you find something real soon!
post #8 of 27
Good for you for doing what was best even though it was really hard. we are all here for you to encourage you in the job hunt! Happy Hunting!
post #9 of 27
Wow! I wish you the best in job searcing! I think it depends which part of the country you live in for a new job (assuming your in the states...). Then again, since you're in the health care field, really that's one of the fields to be in now!

<- For Luck!
post #10 of 27
Wow, I hope it all works out for you Sarah. That is a brave move, but you know you don't want to end up in a rut and come to resent your job. I'm sure with your experience you'll get another job lined up no worries.
But, umm, weren't you like 6 months away from getting a pair of Blahniks from your boss?
post #11 of 27
Sounds like you are ready for a new challenge! Good luck with the job hunting.
post #12 of 27
I know the feeling you were experiencing with your job. I bet you feel better today!! Good luck in finding that new more challenging position.
post #13 of 27
The very best of luck to you Sarah! I woke up one morning, went into work and after nearly a year of my job making me miserable I just put my desk plant in a box, quit, wished everyone well and walked out! I got about halfway down the road before I realised how scary it was!

It was the best move I ever made though, I honestly believe that if your heart tells you to do something then you can rarely go wrong following it. Starting again means you can consider every option, for me I realised I wanted to work for myself doing something completely different, but for you it might be something else entirely. I hope whatever you choose it works out well though, even though I don't know you I am sure you did the right thing.
post #14 of 27
Good for you for being so honest about it! I hope you find something that will challenge you again - for a while at least
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by pushylady
But, umm, weren't you like 6 months away from getting a pair of Blahniks from your boss?
LOL! Yep - I mentioned that today, we had a laugh and he said I get a free invite to the Christmas party....hehehe
post #16 of 27
It sounds like you'll be parting on the best of terms, and remain friends with the people there. That's a great situation to have, it never pays to burn bridges, and you know you'll be getting a great reference from him.
post #17 of 27
My dad has worked for the consulate for 30 years now, Germany has made it miserable he is only sad about leaving because of the good pay!
post #18 of 27
It takes courage and honesty with yourself to face up to the need for a new job. Good luck - I am sure you will find something that will stretch and challenge you.
post #19 of 27
and lots of luck in the new endevour
post #20 of 27
Best of luck to you! Sounds as if you are a very honorable person

I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a great position
post #21 of 27
If you are staying in the same field, you will easily find a job! A good office manager for an MD office is gold! And the fact that you will have a good reference, and are giving a lot of notice will be noted by the new employer!
post #22 of 27
Wow, how bold of you; I think you made the right choice since you just weren't feeling it anymore. That must have been so hard, but a relief, right?
Best of luck on finding a new job!!
post #23 of 27
I left work once because I thought I could live in harmony with my cats. As it turns out I'm not so good at catching birds or squirells, so I was pretty hungry. I got a new job though. One that didn't require "cat-like hunting skills", every now and again I'll try to catch that stray sparrow on the deck... he's a quick one though...

Good look with your new job search! It's good to do what you love and love what you do. That's why I thought I would make a good cat... I was wrong though. I made a bad cat.
post #24 of 27
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Thanks everyone for your kind words, I really appreciate it. I wanted to share this - this is an email I got from my boss's wife just now. I got quite emotional reading it....

Hi Sarah

Firstly, thankyou for your honesty regarding your feelings about working for Donald. You're right - 5 years is a long time to be seated at that desk doing the same tasks every day. In that time, yes there has been a few difficult moments but mostly I would like to thank you for setting up the practice in a really thorough and efficient way. You have shown a lot of initiative and it will make the next person's job very easy.

I appreciate your insight and honesty regarding your current work productivity and now understand a bit better why to me, you occasionally seemed distracted and disinterested. I believe the hard decision you have made, is in fact the right decision for all of us and we wish you all the very best with your new career and family pursuits.

We are very thankful that you are prepared to stay on for another 6 weeks to finish up the outstanding work and show the next secretary the way the practice is run.

In case you didn't realize (although you always do) Donald is completely exhausted as on call at SCGH has been horrendous so he is no doubt feeling shocking today. Hence the flowers that have or will be arriving soon.

Thank you again.


Oh wow, it made me cry - I am going to miss these people!!!
post #25 of 27
Wow Sarah...that was a very touching letter for sure. Congratulations to you for following your heart. I'm sure that you will be able to find something where you once again feel challenged and happy. Best of luck in your job hunt!
post #26 of 27
This is touching, Sarah, and they sent you flowers, as well! You are obviously such a valued member of their staff and will be so missed for your competence and the light that you bring to the environment. This was such a big step for you, congratulations on your new beginning!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
This is touching, Sarah, and they sent you flowers, as well! You are obviously such a valued member of their staff and will be so missed for your competence and the light that you bring to the environment. This was such a big step for you, congratulations on your new beginning!
Thanks hun. Actually, I'm the ONLY member of their staff, so they don't have much choice...

I told my boss today that I am applying for the position of Executive Secretary to the Director of Medical Services for the South Metropolitan Health Division. He told me he would write a job-specific reference for me, and also a general reference for my other applications. He also told me he knows the Director and that he's a pretty nice guy! The man is a legend!! It's hard to believe someone can be so encouraging the day after I told him I am leaving him...
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