Advice on leaving a job you’ve had for 8 years and from directly out of college? I’ve been here since I graduated, been promoted twice but now am looking for something else. I have a third round interview tomorrow and if offered the job I would happily accept, but I am so nervous about quitting. These people have seen me grown up from a 22 year old college grad to who I am today. I’ve babysat for multiple co- workers and they’re seriously like my family. Any and all advice would be appreciated!

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PS - I got the job! Will be putting in my 2 weeks on Monday - wish me luck!

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Congratulations 🎉

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I think you have less to worry about than you think! You mentioned that they've seen you grow up, and they're like you're family. Most likely they'll be happy for you to find a new opportunity that's exactly what you want, even if that means you're leaving them. I would just be professional and kind about it, and let them know how much working with them has meant to you. You aren't doing anything wrong by moving on, and it doesn't devalue the time you spent with them. Hopefully they'll be able to see it that way as well.

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Don't let fear of change stand in the way of your career growth and future happiness. At the end of the day, it's business - regardless of how many friends you've made there. I've stayed in touch with half a dozen of my coworkers that I've befriended over the years. You have to do what's best for you. You'll be fine!

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I was in this same position back in 2015. first employee at company, like family. Stayed too long and then suddenly let go. Worked out a nice settlement but as they say “staying too long is a bigger risk than leaving too soon’ Very happy with decisions made in 2015 and where I’m at now.

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I agree with manager one. Take the leap! I was in your same situation many years ago. You have to do what’s best for you at the end of the day. Besides you can always boomerang back 😅

Thanks everyone!

Congratulations on the new role! ☺️
You won’t regret it. It’ll challenge you in the best way possible.

The relationships that are meaningful will carry with you into the future and will support your new opportunity and celebrate with you. Take care of your career and move on.

Some of my closest friends today are people I met early in my career and we have all made many career changes but our friendships stay strong.

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