The Scary Part of Transitions

by Megan Reilly

I've said this before, but I honestly believe that you don't know how much your job really entails until you start to prepare to transition out of it. I accepted a new position recently (same university! Side note: geographically restricted job searches ARE possible!) and this week is my last at my current job. Needless to say, I'm a little swamped and a lot overwhelmed.

Starting a new job is always a little nerve-wracking. It's not my first time at the "new job" rodeo and I know that things won't necessarily be perfect right out of the gate. There's a learning curve and I look forward to doing a lot of listening and learning the first few weeks (at least). 

What I'm most nervous about now is what I'm leaving behind. Have I remembered to close out all my projects? Have I written down all my processes in my transition binder? Am I leaving any of my co-workers in a bind by not following through on a long-term project? Do my co-workers and superiors resent me for leaving? 

I have to keep reminding myself that people change jobs all the time, especially at my age and in this stage of my career. I have to keep reminding myself that I am leaving an entry level position so no one expected me to stay forever. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing everything I can to make the transition smooth. And I really have to keep reminding myself that worst case scenario -- my new office is a block away and my email will be the same, so there's a very low chance of my departure causing a crisis I can't help fix. 

Over the next four days, I'll be focusing on transitioning and not leaving my co-workers in a lurch. And as soon as 5pm on Friday rolls around, then it's time to say goodbye, be proud of the work I've done, and move on to my next adventure.

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