Allowed to refuse extension on project?

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If you have a backbone, yes.

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Debatable. You should have a conversation about why you don't want to and why they want you to. You can convince them you shouldn't be extended but you can't just flat out refuse.

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Depends how bad they (project leadership) want you. If they do, extension trumps a new project.

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Thanks all

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I expect it also depends if you have another project lined up. Considering the state of things right now, I doubt you'd be allowed to roll off to the bench if a chargeable project (extension) is the alternative.

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Yea I'm learning my lesson on this one right now. Spent a year or so on my project, was then extended for another 6 months due to client request. I've made my desire to leave clear to project team, and CC. Just not learning much on the project, not in my area of interest, etc. will be pushing hard as this one winds down and will probably leave if they try some bs again to make me stay.

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In the end, it's not your choice. But you have great influence. However the conversation should be continuous and not at the 11th hour.

You have to have a plan for how you'll be replaced and who. Also, you have to have another project lined up. But they can still say no.

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