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Last day at work

Joe Iliff

Reformed City Planner
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Well, it's my last day of work here in the Planning Department. I've worked here for more than 4 years, and seen the department grow from 6 people to 16, and only two people are still here from when I started.

I'm feeling kinda sad about leaving, and not just because I don't have my next job lined up yet. I do have some good prospects, but nothing firm yet. I've gotten so used to working here, I'm going to miss my co-workers and the work we've been doing. I know I'll find someplace new, and things will be as good, or better, but they won't be the same.

So, anyone else want to share what they did or how they felt on their last day at a place of employment?

Joe
 

ludes98

Cyburbian
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Zero work! Long lunch with co-workers, water cooler chat, and bugging everyone who was trying to work! Left early too!
 

Big Easy King

Cyburbian
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First of all, I wish you the best in your new endeavor(s).

I was excited to leave on my last day at the previous job. I left my position as a senior planner in the public sector 7 months ago and I have transitioned well as a project planner in the private sector. The workload is greater now and more challenging, but that's what I was seeking in order to enhance my professional development in our field. I have exceeded my own and my firm's expectations. I've found my niche in the private sector consulting on large projects, until I eventually consult on my own.

Good luck and keep on keepin' on!!! :-D
 

Tom R

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work

My last day at my previous job I was escorted to my desk by security, picked up my personal stuff and was shown the door.

Previous exits have been pretty positive. Always with mixed feelings, probably for all concerned. You know, everybody brings happiness. Some by coming, some by leaving.
 

boiker

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job leaving

my last move was bittersweet. Sweet in that I was moving to a more desireable long-term position. Bitter in that I left some really great co-workers behind.

I actually did a lot of work and wrap up, had a nice office lunch a couple days beforehand.
 

SGB

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I took a low key approach. Finished up & organized project files as well as copied files to take with me.

At the last job I left, I burned all my files I wanted to keep onto a CD to take with me. They've come in handy since.
 

biscuit

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I hope this turns out to be a positive move for you Joe.

Leaving my last job was... well more therapeutic than pleasant. I told my senile old boss exactly what I thought of his lazy a$$ employees, how poorly the organization was run, and how poorly it would continue to perform should a lot of things not change. He wasn’t thrilled about hearing it from me, but I didn’t care. I was determined to leave that particular community for good and didn’t mind burning that bridge. That’s about the only time I’ve ever gotten uppity with a superior before… and it felt good.


So good luck! And let us know what happens in the future.
 

Zoning Goddess

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My last day at my previous job, I was totally ignored by management, but had a nice lunch out with my co-workers. Mostly, I just finished cleaning up my office.

Good luck!
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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I left my last job because of a commissioner's role in the terminating of several planners who should not have been. Fortunately, I had a job offer and I only took three days off (pathetic, I know). My last day was spent distributing and reviewing my 30+ files to other planners. I'm sure I spent spent time on the internet, too. It was sad to leave since it was a dream job for me, but I could not risk being another victim of the drunk commissioner (had a habit of hitting the juice a little too much on conferences and then stopping the tour bus to puke).
 

Chet

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My own experience is a combination of BEK, Boiker, and SGB. I had given over a month notice, so I had time to bring closure to a lot of things, copied every file I wanted, and left on a positive note.

My boss did give me the "if I thought you'd be a security threat or nuicance I'd walk you out myself..." speech.
 

Mastiff

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Chet said:
My boss did give me the "if I thought you'd be a security threat or nuicance I'd walk you out myself..." speech.
Little did he know....
 

GeogPlanner

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on my last day of work, i took my gas grill home from the patio...in the dead of winter. pretty funny.
 

Joe Iliff

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Thanks


Thank you all for your comments. Leaving is very bittersweet. I've had a lot of successes here, and a few failures. I'm sad that there aren't any more opportunities here, but happy that I can find a place where I'll be happier.

When I get into my new job (I have a couple of possibilities in the works, one I REALLY want), I'll start a "What you did on your first day at a new job" post.

 

Habanero

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Chet said:
My own experience is a combination of BEK, Boiker, and SGB. I had given over a month notice, so I had time to bring closure to a lot of things, copied every file I wanted, and left on a positive note.

My boss did give me the "if I thought you'd be a security threat or nuicance I'd walk you out myself..." speech.
....little did he know he would be pulling the unlucky deposit slip out at the bank later that day...
 

nerudite

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At my last day at Davis, my supervisor threw me this sweet all day office party (she called it a fairwell open house) where people could come and say goodbye before I left up to Oak Harbor. It was sweet because we were in a little trailer outside of city hall with our own little unit of eight or so cubes. I got a bunch of little gifts from my co-workers and it was pretty special. That was my first real planner job, so it was cool to have that kind of send off.

My last job I had a decent send off as well. We went to a place called Beaches in Vancouver for lunch... arranged by my boss. Several people from a bunch of different departments I had worked with showed up. I ended up visiting a lot that day with people and I wasn't done cleaning out my office by the time 5:00 rolled around. Everyone left and I wasn't out of there till around 6:00. One of my previous supervisors came by my cube at around 5:30 and I could tell he didn't want to leave an ex-employee alone in the building. He ended up leaving me there with my magnetic key to the building. I guess I parted under good circumstances then.
 

Tranplanner

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Good luck with all your future endeavours Joe.

I don't have any funny/touching/special last day stories. Just the usual luncheon and slacking (more than usual).
 
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[view from the far edge of the galaxy] What is this "employment" of which you speak? [/view from the far edge of the galaxy (tm)]
 

donk

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Good luck. Hopefully, I'll be telling you a story shortly about my last day.

My last job, was mostly packing up some boxes, copying some files and being relieved to be leaving.

This time it will be deleting files and cleaning up the office. Then a speech and a loud cheer you'll all hear.
 

Bunabayashi

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All my coworkers gathered in the lunch room and hailed me with warm wishes of departure.... at least, that's what I *think* they were saying, it was kind of hard to make it out because of all the duct tape I had used....... :-D

Dave
 

Rem

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Lee good luck with finding a rewarding, new role.

My last departure was difficult because I was leaving behind a lot of friends (I had been there for nearly 8 years). We had a bit of a function in the office, the Mayor and all the department heads came and made speeches. It was nice but I was a bit choked up. I was working flat out though, trying to make sure I didn't leave any unexploded bombs for my colleagues. My last week was meant to be spent relaxing, on leave, but I worked after my boss asked.
 

Cardinal

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To start off, let me wish you the best of luck in finding that new position.

My departure from my last job was fairly easy, in that I was the only employee in the organization. People stopped by all week to say goodbye, but when the final time came around I just dropped off my key at the village hall and went home. Of course, I was in teh middle of a master plan, and continued to show up for a month to work on it and present it at all of the hearings. Later, after it was finished, about thirty people from various commissions and boards took me out to dinner.

The job before that was more interesting. I couldn't stand it or most of the people I worked with. After getting into another heated argument with my supervisor, I gathered up my things, typed up a letter of redignation, and tossed it onto his desk as I walked out.
 

JNL

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I've never had an unpleasant exit, all my bosses loved me :-D Mind you I'm only in my first 'real' job now and all the other jobs were part-time, after school or while at uni. Positive exits are good because more than once I've ended up working for previous employers again. However, I am thinking that if I leave my current job it will be a great opportunity to tell one colleague exactly what I think of him and his attifude... and he's not even my boss so maybe I can get away with it and still get a good reference!!

The supermarket (grocery store?) did nothing to mark my leaving, although they are one of the ones who re-employed me later. When I left my job as a machine analysis operator for a charity, and my job as a receptionist for a law firm, they put on a morning tea for me and gave me a card and present.
 

Rem

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JNL said:
....However, I am thinking that if I leave my current job it will be a great opportunity to tell one colleague exactly what I think of him and his attifude...
I would bet you will get a round of applause from the other sufferers that have to put up with the office boor.
 
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Rem, I am sure you are right. When I was very young, I once burst into tears while chewing out some E-7 or E-8 who was a total moron and making my life unnecessarily difficult -- and he was also generally making everyone's lives miserable. I was totally embarrassed.

Unbeknownst to me, just outside the open office door, all the guys were cleaning weapons and stopped what they were doing to listen to this little girl give this Jacka$$ a piece of her mind. (Even when I was young and falling apart, I knew he couldn't do a damn thing to me -- I was not in the army, my husband was. This jerk was not in charge of me.) Much later, I learned from my husband that I was a "local hero" around there for MONTHS afterwards. lol.
 
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