Dear Dr. Keane, I am thinking, as you know, about telling my team about the fact that I have been considering handing in my notice and retiring from my position as unit leader for quite a long time. I want to let them know that I have thought about it long and hard and that it is not a snap decision. I have a good person who, if she wants, can step into my shoes, do various activities. I have gradually been giving this woman more responsibility in many areas, made her understand that I do a whole lot more than the time when we actually meet. Basically, I have, although she hasn't been aware of it yet, been making sure that she is as absolutely capable as possible. Either for the following week after that or the week after, depending on when the person above me can spare some time, I am thinking of calling another meeting to include her and start to get a way forward put together. I am nervous, scared but want to give a definitive date of when I leave. I have thought about your 3 months notice and you are so right, it will just have to be enough time for them, to finish at Christmas. I need however to make sure it is all done so very amicably. I want my departing to be on good terms. I have done so much with so many kids, kids who are now off to university who I’ve known from nearly the beginning of primary school, one of which came back to me in her teens to get experience and references behind her, others are now following suit. I know that when I do go, I will be leaving a group that are in a better position than when I got it, not that it was doing too badly before, but it is more than just ticking over now and has been for a number of years. It's also taken much more seriously with those above my position, who oversee many of the groups. I am nervous and scared for not so much now the group, but for me. I think because I have been doing it so long now that I find it hard to imagine not, but at the same time, the freedom that to be able to not be having to think about it would probably more be nice. I feel that I really have given my absolute all to this group, to the point that yes I exhausted myself until each break. It did
help with some confidence for awhile and I got a referee for when I apply for jobs, and had a lot of satisfaction with the kids and learnt a lot along the way, but I do now I feel I have probably done almost all that I see possible with the group, as far as I can see and feel comfortable with. I hope we do manage to catch up about this and it would be good to know if I am thinking in the right way. I do feel that now is the time. I have my jewellery making, I will still have a little voluntary work, and it’s things with no or little pressure. So, because I won't be without anything at all except the paid work, then in some ways it does feel right. I am still so nervous though. Sorry, it's all been a bit longer than what I initially set out to write.