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Your final day in your present job as a probation worker may be a sad occasion or it may be the start of a new beginning, and perhaps even a little of both.

We all move on from jobs for different reasons – either its time for a new challenge, a career change, or in many cases simply the end of a short-term probation contract. In the latter, you will be well used to the last-day etiquette.

But there are things you need to make sure you have done before you walk out the door and move on.

Hand over clients efficiently

Apart from the farewells, there are some formal aspects you need to deal with. Make sure you hand over any ongoing clients thoroughly and efficiently, and speak to your colleagues about specific cases if you feel there are any particular aspects you think they need to be aware of.

Discuss this formally, or informally with your colleagues over a coffee, but don’t leave any surprises for them.

And if you know who is taking on your role, they may appreciate a few ‘tips’ on the area, locality, characters they may encounter, or just a good place to get a sandwich for lunch.

Tidy departure

Be tidy about your departure. Leave your desk tidy, take away any of those personal trimmings that may have brightened your day but will be meaningless to your successor. But take only what belongs to you.

Apply the same rules to your virtual desk in terms of your computer desktop. Delete personal files and search histories but crucially make sure that any client or professional information is accessible to those who require it after you have gone.

Sign off with your boss and line manager and if there is an exit interview procedure, be honest, be professional but also be positive.

Don’t burn bridges

Critically, don’t burn any bridges – that can leave a bad impression and at some date in the future, the office may need you, or you may need them.

You may be required to liaise again in different roles in the years ahead. That is when good contacts and working relationships prove their true value.

In your departure, be professional and treat others as you would want to be treated yourself and leave a good impression with your co-workers.

Most of all, leave on good terms…you never know when your paths will next cross…

When you’re ready for your next probation job role, take a look at our jobs pages where you will see a wide variety of probation job opportunities.
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