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Separating From Work

I haven’t set my end date yet, but based on my travel and moving plans, I’m approximately two months out from departing my job. The weirdest thing about planning your departure is that you have to deviate from every principle you learned about developing your career. I’m no longer pushing for harder projects and more responsibility. Doing so would only make my departure more inconvenient for my colleagues. I also didn’t ask for a raise this year, even though some new hires with similar experience have come in higher than me. In some ways it’s a relief;  this may be one of the few times I can legitimately ignore some of the tougher principles of Corporate America.

Saying that my emotions are mixed would be an understatement. I’m going to miss a lot of co-workers I’ve come to appreciate and respect. On the flip side, I often get a smirk on my face every time I have to do busy work, as I know it won’t be my responsibility much longer. It’s amazing how things that used to stress you out so much in the past can just slide off your back as your end date approaches. Conflicts and disagreements rarely arise at this point – all that matters now is the big picture.

As my tenure winds down, I’ve been working on various “sunset activities”, such as writing a job description based on my current responsibilities, creating documentation for tools I’ve built, updating my contact list, and organizing online folders.  It’s not the most compelling work in the world, but I definitely don’t want to burn the bridge I’ve built with my current startup company. While working at a startup definitely had its challenging moments, I know I’m going to leave with new skills and a stronger tolerance for ambiguity. And in my pensive, reflective state, I feel truly grateful for having worked here.

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mark Wong from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Selected posts by Wong at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?

Falling Behind & Stressed Out

My New Critical Reasoning Strategy

Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton

With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and the Test

Making a GMAT Test Taker Feel Like A Complete Pansy

With a Month to Go Before His GMAT Test, It’s Time to Focus

Is The GMAT Really Designed To Break You?

I Took the GMAT Today and Rocked It!

Charting All My GMAT Scores Over Time With Lessons

After Scoring My 750, It’s Now All About Applying

MBA Applications Wisdom from Muhammad Ali

Facing A Gauntlet of Round Two Deadlines

Should Everyone Apply to Harvard Business School?

The Final Click Is The Hardest Click: Sending In My Application

A Punch to the Gut: Bad Reviews On His Draft Essays

MBA Essay Writing: Draining the Life Out of Me

Beginning to Realize You Can Never Write The Perfect MBA Essay

With Wharton and UCLA Apps Done, He Feels Like a Zombie

Taking Back His Life After Sacrificing Health, Time & Sanity

Slammed with Business School Spam Thanks to GMAC

Getting an Invite for An Interview from Berkeley’s Haas School

UCLA’s Anderson School Asks Our Blogger To Interview

A Ding From Harvard Business School

After a Harvard Ding, Good News in a Cryptic Email from Wharton

Another Ding: First Harvard, Now Berkeley’s Haas School Says No

Surviving the Wait Game

Why I’m Going to Get an MBA

Attending UCLA’s Admit Weekend

Navigating the Realities of the Wait List

Dumping His GMAT Books On Amazon

Waitlisted Again At Wharton

How to Save $5,000 On Your MBA Tuition