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Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Leader interview

Jun 14, 2022

The Last 90 Days

If your time at your current organisation is coming to an end, how can you make a good last impression? Here are some tips on making the most of your last 90 days.

1. Savour the little things

What details of your current job have you enjoyed the most? 

Was it a favourite lunch destination? A particular class and group of students that you looked forward to each week? Or even just a sequence in your daily routine that will never be quite the same once you are gone?

As you enter your last 90 days it is time to savor the little things. Soon you will be preoccupied with leaving, and there won't be time to enjoy those ordinary moments. Take that walk. Seek out that conversation. Land that memory as you prepare to move on.

2. Nurture your Network

As your farewell party approaches, you should already know with whom you want to keep in touch.

Often the hardest thing about transitioning from one workplace to another is the relationships you leave behind.

Cultivating social habits with fellow teachers outside of the office can help to place the coworkers you want in your friendship circle.

This is especially important with those colleagues who have been performing a mentor role in your professional development. Start catching up now, before it is too late to make it a habit.

3. Depart with Dignity

How will you be remembered once you are gone?

While the temptation might be to coast to the finish line, it is important to maintain your professional integrity throughout the transition from one job to the next.

This is vital for your students, obviously. But in terms of getting a reference check, or in the likelihood that your path crosses professionally with your colleagues in future, it's best to stay great until the end. It is a small world, after all.

4. Pass the Baton

You are not the only person who is just about to start a new job. Be considerate of your replacement.

Entering a new work environment can be stressful. There is a lot to learn in a short time. If you have the chance, be mindful of your successor's needs, as well as that of the team you are leaving. Be the onboarding mentor that you would like for yourself in your next position.

Aside from being the right thing to do, succession planning and implementation are important 21st century skills for managing change.

5. Reflect, Grow and Go!

How have you grown professionally in the role you are leaving?

What have been your strengths? What habits would you like to change in your next posting? While an exit interview is a chance to articulate your experience of the workplace, it can also be a chance to clarify your own achievements.

Use this content to update your CV while the memory is still fresh. Fix your mind on the best that you have learned, and take it with you as you embark on the next chapter of your career.

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