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Training when moving?

By paul ·
I've been in my current job (support/admin) nearly 3 years and have just been booked on my first training sessions - Win2k(server and pro) followed by AD - with a view to ADS implementation in the next few months. I will be primarily responsible forthe implementation and will need to pass on the knowledge from the courses to my colleagues to assist. The problem is that I'm planning to leave (and have been for quite a few months). I have an interview arranged for the week before the first of the courses. I will, without question, accept an offer for the position. I'm facing a dilemma in that I could well leave my current position between the courses (and certainly before the ADS rollout), which would place my colleagues in an extremely tough situation. Conversely there is no guarantee of the new job and I don't want to miss out on valuable training. I doubt that I will know either way before the training course begins. Is it right to take the training when I could be leaving shortly afterwards?

TIA.

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Don't burn your bridges!

by timwalsh In reply to Training when moving?

You definitely have a quandary, and unfortunately, I can't think of a single "correct" answer.

Does your current employer know you are looking elsewhere for a job?

Couple of different ways to approach this:

It sounds as if you had the opportunity for this training "dumped" in your lap because of an impending project. If this is the case, and your employer hasn't extracted any promises of the type "We'll send you to this (expensive) training if you promise to stay here for..." from you, then you wouldn?t be expected to stick around if that "offer you couldn't refuse" happened to pop up. On the other hand, leaving in the middle of an important project in which you have a MAJOR roll would tend to leave a bitter taste in the mouthof ANY employer. This isn't a good idea if you plan on using your present employer as a reference. This is known as burning your bridges (so you can't ever go back).

I suggest one of two approaches:

Tell your employer that you are looking elsewhere for a job and give him the reasons why. This will cause one of several things to happen: If your work is truly valued by your organization, it may generate a counter-offer to mitigate your reasons for leaving; Your employer will pull you from the training and send someone who will be around through project completion; He will ask to stay through project completion and still send you to training. At any rate, I'm sure he will appreciate your honesty and candor.

If you are offered animmediate position during your interview, tell your prospective employer that you owe it to your present employer to see a project through to completion. If the prospective employer truly values your skills, they will probably be willing to hold the job for you for a reasonable time period. They also can't help but be impressed by this show of loyalty.

Good luck with your quandary.

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The tangled webs we....

by ghstinshll In reply to Training when moving?

...weave...

Actually, that doesn't quite fit this since it's not a problem you created. What reasons make you want to leave? it souds as if something is very wrong and you want out. I've been there, so please elaborate a little, and for god's sake, create a different member name if you're going to put this kind of info on here. There are other techs who read this who you might work with, it's not that far-fetched.

As for your situation, let's hear why you want to go, and we'll move on with it. As for telling your current employer, I don't believe those kinds of situations exist any more, and you should be able to accomplish the same thing without having to tell them.

Start with agreeing that if you get the position, that you should continue out the project (if you're asked to) with your current employer. Once you hand in a letter of resignation, you do have room to barter on your date, considering the mutual need. If you're being placed in this training, you obviously need it, and should really utilize the experience as well for your career development.

Gosh, what else... The new employer should understand, and you could possibly work out a shared-time agreement with both employers so that you can get ramped up before you come on full time with the new employer, yet finish your team duties with the former employer.

As for the training, your peers are probably what means more to you. Keep good notes, and share what you learn with your team mates (as a good leader, not someone who's leaving--don't give the wrong impression). I sure hope you have a lab environment in your company for you to test this implementation on before going live with it. Always test, re-test, and know it before you go into production environments with it.

So let's hear a little more back and we'll grow with this...

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tangled, cont'd

by ghstinshll In reply to Training when moving?

and as far as training goes... it's only $, and if they're a large enough company with enough riding on the training, they'll send someone else. Keep good notes just in case (-:{

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