I am moving on from my job

At some point in our working lives, we will all leave a job. Sometimes, when resigning, perhaps to go to a new job, or retiring, it’s our decision. Sometimes the decision is forced upon us by our employer for reasons of redundancy or dismissal. Whoever makes the decision, preparing for and leaving a job may cause a lot of anxiety.

This section offers some resources to begin to prepare yourself to leave your job and to move on to the next stage of your life.

Over my working lifetime of 40 years, I believe overall that work has been a positive thing for me

It may help reduce anxiety if you make some preparations when you start work or move to a new environment

Resigning is your decision to hand in your job. But there may be an alternative such as a career break or unpaid leave if you just want a temporary break from work.


Resigning is your decision to hand in your notice and advise your employer that you want to end your employment contract and leave the organisation


There are many reasons for resigning:

  • You’ve been offered another job you prefer
  • You are starting a college course or full-time training
  • You don’t like the job
  • You can no longer do the job
  • You have found something better
  • Your personal circumstances have changed
  • You are going for a complete career change

Your contract will say how many weeks’ notice you need to give before you leave. You must give at least one weeks’ notice if you have been in your job for a month. You do this by handing in a letter of resignation which can be an email, or letter. You can do it verbally, but it is much better to have a written copy. Normally