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Does anyone know what it's like to start a new job in your field 6-12 months before starting graduate school, not letting them know you applied to graduate school, and then leaving in August/dropping that bomb on them?
Please give me advice on this and personal anecdotes. 

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I'm in the same situation but it is a difficult decision to tell your company, unless it's a contract type position. I applied for Fall 2015 for a masters but I still have no idea where I am going or even if I am going somewhere (hopefully somewhere). Until I make a decision on a offer of admittance, then I consider myself in limbo. I'm predicting to make that future decision by late April. But when I do make my decision then I do plan to let my company know for three reasons: 1.So they can hire and train someone in the mean time.  2.There is always a possibility that they can pay for my masters to keep me for the future (this is rare but there is a chance). 3. So I can possibly use them as a reference for the future.

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  • 3 weeks later...

It was about 15 months from starting a new job to informing my boss I'd probably maybe likely be quitting soon to pursue grad school full time in the next 3 months or so. Still waiting on a formal acceptance before I turn in a letter of resignation.


I've been open and honest about the process all along. Turns out my boss was a PhD student at one point and left to pursue a real job when his advisor died( :o). He's actually been quite a good source of information.

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