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The company I work for is a mid-sized multinational organisation in the engineering sector in Asia. This is my first job, and I've been working here close to 3 years. Without going into details, I have lost interest in the profession and cannot wait to leave the company.
I have been accepted to a graduate program in the US, one that I intend to leverage to change careers to something I will enjoy. My program starts mid August, and I want to hand in my resignation in mid June, so I may serve a 1 month notice (contract stipulation) and spend some time in my home country, before I go on to my grad studies.
The catch here is I got involved in a high stakes project a couple of months back, with little choice. This project is pretty much a do-or-die for my department's HOD, and hence my boss.I am pretty much the only person, apart from my boss, who knows the nuts and bolts of the project. I feel that this project will be significantly delayed (which means a fail) in my absence.
I am afraid that when I inform my boss about my resignation, the reaction will be negative and that I will lose all goodwill with this employer. For instance, I may be unable to get a good testimonial/referral. I feel that this may dent my future job search and that the period during my 1 month notice will be made difficult with pressure to wrap up before I leave.Will I be chastised for not informing them earlier? Should I shorten my vacation in my home country? I do not want to...