Essentially, I am planning on resigning from my graduate scheme as I want to focus more on my masters which can be done on a part-time basis. Ultimately, I want to pursue a career in a different field. I also want a job which is more part-time to accommodate my studying in the mean-time. If you don't know what a graduate scheme is, then think of graduate schemes like 'trainees' if you will. There's a related question on graduate schemes here

As graduates/trainees are expected to join the company at the end of the trainee scheme, I got a question about this in an interview and I had a hard time answering it. Therefore, I ask, how can I minimize the impact of leaving a graduate scheme early in my career and how do I tell future employers about this resignation when asked?

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    Thanks for your attempt to improve your question. In doing so however it seems you've removed the actual question from the post. I think your question is still how to explain your reasons for leaving your graduate scheme in interviews for other jobs? Is that the case? And are you indeed planning to go from a (more or less) full time graduate scheme role to applying for a part-time job? As Joe mentioned, it would still be helpful for us if you were to mention how you're answering this question now, if you can.
    – Lilienthal
    Feb 18, 2023 at 22:10
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    The original version of your question talked about ways to "resign" without impacting your career but there's no real way to do that. It'll be a bridge your burning and could leave a gap in your resume or a potential red flag for some. If you want a good way to word leaving that graduate scheme in interviews for other jobs, that we can help with. I've gone ahead and edited your question to combine your previous post and what I believe your key question might be, but please edit it again if I missed anything.
    – Lilienthal
    Feb 18, 2023 at 22:12
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    @Lilienthal "If you want a good way to word leaving that graduate scheme in interviews for other jobs, that we can help with. " - that's exactly it, thanks for edit Feb 18, 2023 at 22:24
  • @Lilienthal But I do also want a career change and that might require a career break as I will need to polish up on some skills. But from what I've been told is that you need to have a job lined up before resigning generally Feb 18, 2023 at 22:33
  • Well, you don't need to have the new job lined up if you prefer to, and are able to, live off your savings until you find and start the new job. Most people prefer to minimize periods without income, especially early in their careers. It can also be hard to explain a gap unless you are clearly doing something productive with the time. That ties back to having a Good Answer for why you are trying to change careers before having one.
    – keshlam
    Feb 19, 2023 at 1:39

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"Thank you for your time and the opportunity, in the course of the training, it has made me realise that I want to take my Career in a different direction. I'm resigning from this program so as to not waste your time or to take up space that could be occupied by someone who wants to pursue this as a career"

There you go.

  • Thanks!! Really helpful Feb 18, 2023 at 19:03
  • How do I explain this sort of career direction when I apply for different jobs in the future? I might take a career break to brush up on some skills but not so sure yet or just go straight to a part-time role. Feb 18, 2023 at 19:15
  • Can you give a good explanation of why you originally thought committing to that particular program was a good idea, and why it turned out not to be, that makes both sound reasonable and doesn't give the impression that they should expect to to give up again? If so, that's your answer. If not, you probably need to fix that.
    – keshlam
    Feb 18, 2023 at 22:58

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