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It may go off tagent a bit, but listening to "keep my promises" episode gave rise to this question. My wife has been doing her Executive MBA during the past 15 months and will graduate in July this year. Her company doesn't provide any financial support. She used her time-off and unpaid leave to finish those E-MBA classes. She recently accepted an offer from another company that asks her to start in July with other full-time MBA students and she plans to inform her boss of the resignation in June. Of course, her boss is aware of her E-MBA and asked her what's her plan after graduattion in March. My wife doesn't want to told her boss about the offer, fearing that she may lose two-month of paychecks, but she doesn't want to lie to her boss that she will stay, either. I am wondering if someone could shed some lights. Thank you!

dtiller's picture

My recommendation is that your wife not say anything until giving proper notice.  Things can change and there is no need to announce something that isn't firm and you only need to provide your employer with the notice period.

This is no different than job searching, you don't tell your employer you are looking as you may not find anything or you may decide to stay.

Hope this is helpful.

Dawne

Rogersmith's picture

Thank you, Dawne. Her boss asked her directly in their weekly check-in. I guess she can dodge her boss's question to some extent, but will not be able to avoid the question for two months.

Smacquarrie's picture

She should be honest in as far as her boss deserves (has a right) to know the answer.
She had a plan when she began the course work. What was that plan?
For me, when I went back to school, it was all about improving myself and opening up my future to further career development and advancement.
Unless she is reporting to the CEO/Owner, this should be a sufficient answer without expressly saying that she is leaving or that she is staying.
We cannot expect anything more from our employees other than that they give us their best and try to improve while they work for/with us.
If her boss pressures her to see if she is looking at other jobs, she may want to mention a req at the company, or a future position, that she is interested in.
Mac

nwillis's picture

i have to agree with Smacquarrie for several reasons.

His point about what her plan was is very important because she must have had an object when starting the training. In case  she does take a new position with her current employer, this may give her opportunities she has not realized and giving serious consideration to opportunities would ease her predicament.

Was it you wife's plan to look for another position from the start ? Since you say "Her company doesn't provide any financial support. She used her time-off and unpaid leave to finish those" i think she has good reasons to give consideration outside her current employer.

Maybe she could find out how her benefits package would change with her current employer. It may include compensation for the lack of financial support for her training.

Rogersmith's picture

Thank you all for bring lights to this issue. The plan at the beginning of the education was to brooden the career opportunity. After we learned the company wasn't supportive, my wife decided to switch jobs after the education. Now she already had an offer and she had signed on the offer. The question is how she will have to response to her boss' inquery without losing her position immediately or lying to her boss.