Steady job or summer fun?

I like my job at the grocery store but working at my friend’s campground would be way more fun.

You’ll need to decide soon, says our elder. Be honest with your employer.

Dear EWC

Hello, I’m 17 and I have been working in a grocery store for around eight months. I really want to work at my friend’s campground but I don’t know how to quit at the grocery store. The main reason is because I really like my managers and enjoy working there. I don’t know how to tell them or how they will react. I could work at my friend’s campground for the summer and come back to the grocery store in the fall but I don’t know what they will say. I don’t know how they will feel or what they will do.

Dave-Scott replies

Before you make a final decision, be sure you know the answer to: “What do I want more, a summer job at the campground (probably more fun?) or a sure job through the summer at the grocery store (not as fun, but you like it?) and beyond?”
Then, just approach your current employers and tell them you have an opportunity to work at the campground, but like your current job, and wonder if they would consider letting you go for three months and then returning. If they say yes, then take the campground job. If they say no (hopefully with an explanation as to why), then you have to make a choice. It becomes more difficult if they say “maybe.” Regardless, you are better off if you have thought all of this out beforehand.
Treat your current bosses with respect and give them the absolute truth. Remember, although you have the right to make the decision you feel best for you, they have the right to put their business concerns first. If they decide they can’t let you go and then return, you need to be prepared to immediately commit to work for them or resign.
Whatever you decide, you need to do it as soon as possible.
Good luck.

Letter #: 460455
Category: Career

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