Feeling bad for leaving right before busy season. I'm on a 9/30 client and I'm planning on leaving next month (I've been applying). Feel like I need to apologize to the team. Is that normal? I wish I could still manage another busy season, but my mental health is suffering. Meds just got bumped to twice my prior dosage. Do I have to explain all the details? I'm really torn on what to do. I feel like I'm definitely burning bridges.

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I assume you have a great relationship with your team, and so you feel bad because you think you're betraying them or something. While that's great, please understand this is YOUR life and YOUR career. You don't owe anyone shit. If your team is so great, then they will want what's best for you. I've had close friends quit and "leave me behind" for busy season. I got crazy drunk with them and celebrated, because I was genuinely happy (and jealous lol).

And guess what? The firm will have no problem cutting you if layoffs do come around; they can easily replace you. Even if you didn't have the mental health issues you're dealing with, there's nothing wrong with leaving for the right opportunity or feeling like PA isn't for you. If you need someone to talk to and you're okay with some stranger on fishbowl, then PM me.

Please go and find your next step. I am rooting for you!

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True, you hv to do what’s best for you but it is looked down upon to leave during busy season. But you come first. If you can hang in there for couple months, do it. If not, leave whenever but maybe try to give notice asap AFTER you hv a firm offer

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A lot of people say it’s frowned upon to leave during busy season. I’ve heard people say that at my firm. But you know what? People have left during busy season at my firm and honestly it’s not even talked about after they’re gone. So I think that’s just another toxic PA talking point that people like to push around. In truth, there’s never a “good” time to leave as far as a team is concerned. So you have to leave when it’s good for *you.* My best mentor in PA told me that a bridge should never be burned with people leaving the firm. You never know where those people might end up, and some day they could even be your client.

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