Going Back to School Resignation Letter Example

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When you're resigning from a job to go back to school, it's always a good idea to have a meeting to inform your boss. Most, but not all, employers require two weeks notice before one resigns.

Following up this meeting with a letter formalizes your resignation and the date of your departure. Sending an email message or a letter is also appropriate if you're working remotely and don't have the opportunity to personally inform your boss that you are leaving.

What to Include in the Letter

Your letter should include the last date that you will be working. You don't necessarily need to give a reason for your departure in a resignation letter, but it's fine to share the fact that you're going back to school. Providing appropriate notice will leave you on good terms with your employer, and will also ensure that they will provide you with a good reference that will help your future employment prospects. That's especially true when you're quitting for a good reason like continuing your education.

Also, take the time to thank your manager for the opportunities and support you were given while employed. If you have time to assist with the transition as the company hires someone to replace you, mention this availability as well.

Your Boss Could Be a Valuable Networking Resource in the Future

If you are returning to school in order to gain new skills to advance in your current profession, keep in mind that your boss, if satisfied with your work and impressed by your professionalism, in writing a formal resignation letter, may eventually become a valuable networking resource for you in a future job search.

Not only may they provide a positive reference, but they may also – if you maintain contact with them – alert you to future career opportunities with either their company or another organization.

For this reason, the tone you use and the gratitude you express in your letter of resignation is crucial.

You should never use a letter of resignation to air grievances or express criticism that will cause you to leave on a bad note. You don’t want to give your boss or manager reason to speak poorly of you to other potential employers. If you're sending an email to resign, put your name and "resignation" in the subject of the message, and include your contact information in your signature instead of at the top of the letter.

Going Back to School Resignation Letter Example

The following is a resignation letter example for an employee leaving a job and returning to school.

Ryan Ross
Editor in Chief
XYZ Magazine
100 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Dear Mr. Ross,

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from XYZ Magazine as an editorial assistant. My last day of employment will be August 15. I plan to return to graduate school to pursue my interest in English Literature at [Name of University or Technical School].

I would like to thank you for all of the great opportunities you have given me as an employee at XYZ Magazine. I have learned so much about the magazine industry from working with my fellow employees and supervisors. I know the writing, analytical, and teamwork skills I have developed while working at your company will be extremely useful at graduate school.

Please let me know if you need any assistance with the transition as you hire and train my replacement. Again, thank you so much for an excellent two years with XYZ Magazine. I have sincerely enjoyed my time working with you, and I hope that we can keep in touch.

Respectfully yours,

Signature (hard copy letter)

Susan Welch