How to graciously break a work contract in twenty million easy steps
March 14, 2013 8:26 PM Subscribe
My boss wants to renew my work contract for a year. I really like my boss, and my workplace. But. I've been admitted into a prestigious graduate program for the fall, and I know I want to go. Please help me navigate workplace etiquette.
I started working at this place last year, on a contract. My contract is up, and they want to renew for a year rather than take me on full-time. This is easily the best job I've ever had. Coworkers are all kind, hardworking people. The job uses my skills in a way I actually enjoy, gives me a lot of responsibility and room for creativity, and fair pay.
But. It's a job I sort of fell into out of necessity, and it's not what I want to do with my life. I want to be a professor.
So I have the chance to realize my dream...have been admitted to my top choice school. I can't turn this down. But I also:
a) Want to continue to work in my job until I leave and
b) Don't want to burn bridges here, for the abovementioned reasons.
Many people have suggested signing the contract and simply giving notice two weeks or a month before I leave. I respect my boss and my workplace a great deal, however, and don't want to let them down. I worry that signing a contract for a specified period of time knowing full well I won't fulfill even half of it is ethically wrong. Especially considering how understanding they've been of me and my need to take time off to pursue the interests that ended up getting me into grad school.
My boss wants to get this squared away by the end of the week. What should I do? Is it OK for me to sign this contract and give notice in a few months?
Ethicists of MeFi, please help! And thank you for your always wonderful advice.