I've been fired during my probation period (software) for not meeting expectations. Normally a week's notice is required, but they offered me up to a month, which I took. My managers were discreet about the whole thing, offered a reference, and I was allowed to announce that I would be leaving.
Nobody else in the department seems to doubt what's been said, but a couple want to talk about it more before I go, maybe after work.
If people push for details, should I just tell them that I was fired? The manager who made the decision left that week, and considering how it was handled, I'm hesitant to drag it up. I also have qualms about the situation, and don't know how much would be appropriate to say if I did.
That said, I don't want to look like a quitter. It was a tough start and maybe the fit wasn't perfect, but I think with more time it would have worked out, and some of the others who have been giving help when I got stuck might think I'm not bothering to try and make it work. They've also been helpful and I don't want them to think it was wasted or unappreciated effort.
So far I've just said that I'm maybe too inexperienced for the role, but if someone pushed I'd want to let them know rather than making up feeble lies.
I've not bothered trying to argue my way back into the job, but I feel that the whole thing was hasty:
- I'm in a Junior role, and was hired with no experience with most of the relevant technology
- The training was a follow-along video course that we were given to go through before we started, and were given a week to finish at work after a couple of weeks doing actual work
- My manager announced he would be leaving soon, and later that week told me I was underperforming (10 weeks in) and that I had a week to turn it around or be given notice
- They were so busy preparing to leave that the whole thing took almost three weeks before I was told it wasn't working out
- My work was reviewed after the fact to explain the decision, but I never got a review or early warning before that
Is it inappropriate to mention this?
Is it appropriate to say that I was fired while in the workplace?
If privately, how much detail is appropriate?
What about my concerns regarding the whole thing e.g. I think the manager was hasty and wanted it sorted before he left?
Edit: Thanks everyone for your input. The perspectives offered really helped me to understand exactly what I still have and how to continue from here. I do think that it's for the best, and that I've learned what I want in my next position.