Should I stay (quiet), or should I go (and blow it all)?
September 26, 2011 4:59 PM Subscribe
I'm moving to Japan no matter what, but should I tell my current employer sooner rather than later that I have decided to do this?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total)
A bit of an odd one this. I've worked for the same company for just over three years now. I enjoy the work, I love what the company is doing, but I have itchy feet.
I have just collected my Working Holiday Visa for Japan, and intend to move out there in January. Now, I genuinely would love to continue working for the same company. We do have other offices, including one in Tokyo.
I have been told, in casual conversation by someone higher up but from another office, that I could have a job in the Tokyo office if I could speak Japanese. I can't, at least not even remotely well enough to do what I currently do but in Japanese. Learning enough to do so simply isn't an option at this time. It would take years.
I do however wonder if there might be other opportunities, but I can't ask without telling my employer about my plans. So the way I see it I have a couple of choices.
1. Ask just before I would otherwise hand in my notice with resignation letter ready, in case there were no option to work for the company in Japan.
2. Ask boss now, or soon, giving us time to formulate how this could work out, and giving employer plenty of time to find a replacement, but potentially making things rather uncomfortable for several months if there are no opportunities.
So I guess the questions is, which way makes more sense?
Plus, would the desire to continue working for the company override the fact that I would be willing to give up my employment there to potentially otherwise earn peanuts teaching English in a foreign country?