Since I told my workplace about leaving at the end of March, I have been absolutely in awe of the positive feedback I have received.
It turned out to be a blessing in disguise that I felt like I had to tell my supervisor at this point already because he, the director of my department and the CEO have been super nice about it. They’re all extremely thankful that I told them this early, giving them the chance to find a replacement for me. On Thursday, I put online the job ad for my position, which was a little weird but not as weird as I thought it would be.
The director of my department offered that they get my letter of recommendation translated to English and that he and my supervisor would be happy to give a personal reference – I will definitely take them up on that.
On Friday, the CEO asked to speak to me, and he was so nice about it. I figured he would be understanding because I did have a good reason to leave, no one can blame me for that, but I didn’t expect him to be as nice as he was. We had a little chat, turns out he loves the UK and he’s planning to visit Scotland sometime this year. He offered me a personal reference anytime, if I need it, and also suggested I talk to my supervisor about continuing to work for them remotely if they cannot find a replacement for me and I cannot find a job in Edinburgh in time.
I doubt that it will come to that as I expect that they will find someone to replace me in time, but it is nice of him to even consider it and it makes me feel valued as an employee. I haven’t always felt this way at work, so it means a lot.
I got mostly positive reactions to my leaving, although being that I live and work in a small Bavarian village, many of my coworkers cannot fathom moving that far away, let alone to another country. For me, it’s not really that big a deal. It wouldn’t be that different if I were moving to Hamburg or Berlin. Some of my coworkers are simply very attached to their hometown and couldn’t imagine living far away from their family. I, on the other hand, haven’t lived in the same city as my family since I graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.
In the end, I am glad everything happened the way it did, and I feel much more relaxed now that everyone at work knows.