shinobi99 wrote:Currently I have been accepted to several law schools, but also have some concerns because I just started working for a company couple months ago. If I leave for law school this fall, I would have worked there less than a year and was wondering if that would be bad/make me a douche. I feel that the company put in quite a bit of effort to recruit me, so I feel a little bad about leaving before the company can get its full return of investment. Also, because I want to go into IP law, I was wondering whether leaving too early would somehow jeopardize my future career in IP law since the company that I work for is pretty big in the software industry.
With that said, I was wondering whether I'm overanalyzing things and blowing things out of proportion (I tend to imagine things that won't happen). Since I have an at-will employment agreement, I can legally leave at any time and be fired at any time as well. Also, I know that if I do decide to go to school this fall, I will work my ass off so they can at least get a year's worth of work out of me. I know deferring a year is also an option but I want to just focus on the consequences of leaving this year because I would prefer to go to school this year if the consequences are not that severe. It would be great if you guys could give me some advice. Thanks!
Do not confuse loyalty with professionalism. No one will fault you for giving them a month's notice before going to law school. They might fault you for giving them 9 month's notice. You will be treated differently if you tell them that now. I made this mistake as well in my first job, and I was treated like absolute shit for the last three months of my job. You will likely be as well, since you are a new hire.
Go in a month before you move and tell your boss that you were just accepted to law school and were going to attend it on X date. You will have to move on y date (a month from now). Mention any scholarships or anything you've gotten, and be cheerful about the work culture. Say that you've become very interested in legal work since you started working there (if your job is vaguely related to it), and that you very much enjoyed your time there.
Do not get personal with it, and do not be honest. I know it's counterintuitive, but people WILL be hateful and jealous of you if you give them time to stew. It's human nature. Your boss will (consciously or not) discriminate against you for those 9 months. It's not worth it.