I am a fresh masters graduate (graduated Dec 2018) who’s in the midst of a job hunt. My supervisor at the university asked me to extend my thesis research and publish another paper after my graduation. However, this was a unpaid offer and the professor only offered to covered my transportation once a week (I worked remotely and went on Thursdays for a weekly meeting).
I accepted given that I don’t have a job offer yet and didn’t plan to do a PhD. I was re-admitted as a business visitor end of Jan 2019. Last Thursday I got job offer from a company I was awaiting and they asked me to start first week of March. I have accepted the offer today and am worried as to how to communicate this to my supervisor. I’m writing an email given that I can’t meet him except on Thursdays and the next meeting is my last meeting.
I have not finished the paper we’re working on and I feel it’s a critical time to leave, but I have to. What should I include in my email? I’m thinking of sending all the related up-to-date materials and mention that I can’t continue the project as I got an offer and am expected to join immediately. Also, I’ll mention that I’ll be at the university on Thursday to return my ID and meet the group for the last time.
What are your thoughts on this? I want end on a high note with my professor.