How do you feel on your Last Day at work or at school?

Singapore
August 31, 2010 3:38am CST
There are times in our lives that we need to move on - that is from the office - to another job due to a variety of reasons. Or this could be your final year in school and you have completed your education and about to embark on a new phase in your life, whether to continue with further education or to start work. Friends you have been seeing everyday will be a distant memory in time to come. Do you look forward to your Last Day with great happiness and anticipation and you can't wait for the moment to come quickly to leave, not even sparing a backward glance. Or are you so filled with great sadness of leaving and the tears are ready to flow even at a mere touch, at the thought of leaving. Do share your feelings on your Last Day ... at work or at school.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
1 Sep 10
last day at school, I did feel sad because I know I wouldn't see my best friend again, she had to go back to her home town last day at work, I never felt sad. mostly angry, because office politics made me quit - but things always worked out in the end for me I always found a new job, if I applied for it and now I have my own home business, it's small and struggling but it's mine funny thing, office politics. Those who play in it, end up being burned by it LOL so it's a good thing I never played that game I am no good in manipulation, I make mistakes but none of them are planned to trap others so no tears for last day at work LOL anger turned into relief, if anything
• Singapore
2 Sep 10
hi LittleMel, sorry to hear about the office politics. I'm afraid it happens in alot of offices as people can be really complex in an office setting. Keep true to yourself, that's all i can say. It is good that to have your own home business which you are in control of.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
2 Sep 10
exactly. what annoys me is that nobody really cares about the company, but if I don't care, it will be brought up as huge sin LOL they told me what to do, then when I did it, they would say they never told me to. This all shows they do not want me there. They will be nice to my friends, not because they like me, but because they want to single me out. My friends like them, and so they are not by my side when I need them. It's a game to exhaust an employee so that he or she quits, because if someone quits, they don't have to pay severance or whatever it's called. where as if they fire me, they will have to. you can't point out mistakes to these people or they will make you look bad, as if you spend your whole life looking for other people's mistakes. but when you make mistakes, you will be bombarded inside and out LOL I really hope no one goes through what I went through. There was no life in it, at least not for someone who chose not to play along. But then again, as I said, I never lost a game. As long as I am truthful, I am always provided. Not winning lottery yet, but I don't need to win to survive. The same goes to my hubby. he is smarter than I am in this game, he played it and won the settlement when they treated them unfair LOL gotta love how things turn out for us thanks for the thread I hope all is well with you at your work and life in general
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
hi LittleMel, thanks for your sharing. I have been through the ups and downs of the corporate world to know how it is all like. I noticed that there are some people who are very good at playing the Game. No worries, hold your head up - life is more than all this.
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• Malaysia
31 Aug 10
If I can recollect correctly, I felt relieved at both the last days of college life as well as when I clocked the last time out of office. I felt free. i felt that day is done. i felt that all my obligations has been fulfilled. I felt I have done my part to society. No sadness. No regrets. A smile on my face as I leave the open day to personal liberties at long last!
@enciel (371)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Yeah I can relate to your feelings. I recently resigned from my job some months. For the longest time I have always wanted to resign from my job due to many reasons but I didn't have the guts to do so. On my last day I was really busy with finishing my turn-over to my replacement and other pending issues that I will leave to my office colleagues. Somehow I felt I am gonna miss the tasks that only I was capable of fulfilling in my team but I also felt relieved that I have finally done what I wanted to do for the longest time.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi gracefuldove and enciel, I can identify with that feeling too. The feeling of relief that you have finally done it and you are moving on to other stuff. Especially when you have some pretty awful memories of the place too. Much as we would like to embrace change, there are sometimes some nagging feeling of loss. Those whom one has very good relationships with etc.
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Yep i know this feeling. Whenever it's my last day at work i feel it's really my last day at work and i don't know why. I certainly don't feel like it's my first day cuz "hello?" it's my last day. I don't know. It's weird. Sorta like the kaleidoscope world or twilight zone.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
gotcha frontvisions. I like your imagination, kaleidoscope world or twilight zone eh.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I meant it literally. Lol
@jeikl_08 (97)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
for school its mixed emotions, happy because after all the hardships your already done, sad because you will no longer see more often your friends and classmates..and youll leave your alma mater whos been your second home for the longest time..in work i think i would fell very very sad, like its for my living, its my life,.
• United Arab Emirates
31 Aug 10
Completely agree with you :D
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi jeikl and iSmashu - i can understand the mixed emotions, happiness of finally having made it to the end but also fear of the unknown. A little crossroad in one's life unless one is very clear as to where one is going next.
@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 10
hi carpediem used up worn out, how dare I be almost 80, my last day of wo rk all my coworkers though I had retired, little did they know that office politics had reared its ugly head and that the new second in command had told the boss fire that Mrs. Hatley or I quit, I will not work with someone old like that.well most of you on facebook have seen my photo and most of my friends here do not think I look bad at all.But the good and bad thing was my boss the branch manager and her assistant were fired a week later for firing me when they had no reason but age as I was doing my job better than the younger women.I was asked to come back but alas I could not as I had broken my left shoulder making my days at shelving books and media a thing of the past.so yes younger people want to retire us blah blah good for you blah, I would rather be working than have so much time on my hands.
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
whoa Hatley, yup, I have an inkling that your last day at work was quite unpleasant, not to mention traumatic. Obviously the second in command has taken the easy way out by instructing the firing squad to move in rather than exercising her learned management skills "to manage, to motivate, to retain" good staff. And I noticed in my years in the corporate world that good managers are few and far in between. Certainly drew on your inner resources ....
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Most of my last days I felt like I was having labor pains but not allowed to scream it out.
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
hi Shuriken, whoa how figurative and yet visual your use of labour pains to describe last days. Emmm, to a certain extent, yup.
@jhyan007 (467)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
....it's very fulfilling...it's like at last, my days with this sort of things or this place or in this situation will soon be over and I will be facing another greater challenge and a new environment...the fun and worst memories that I had while staying in this particular place is worth treasuring...i don't feel sad...I am rather excited and satisfied..
• Singapore
6 Sep 10
hi jhyan, i guess you are a rather practical person and move on quite easily in terms of emotion. I'm glad you treasured the Moments and derive learning lessons from them.
@Tonton01 (235)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
When it came to school I smiled. when it came to work, i felt abit disappointed and i simply frowned back when I was working with an american insurance company. But other times i felt success of leaving cause of other bosses who couldn't manage their people well.
• Singapore
6 Sep 10
hi Tontono, I think working life is less 'fun' in that sense and not like when one was in school. In fact, working life can be a great disappointment at some point in yur working career. Cheers.
• United States
1 Sep 10
I feel sad on my last day of work or school because that has been a part of my life that is now changing. If I was to graduate from school, I would also be excited because it is a chance for me to start a new career. I am currently taking classes at Ashford University and have about a year to go. The classes are very intensive and only last five weeks. I don't really have a chance to feel anything because they end one week and my new class starts the next week.
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
hi linda, i guess we know the constant of our lives is Change. We have to manage and embrance Changes (innovations and the like). It can get quite tiring after awhile and we need to move away and 'nourish our soul'. Similarly, the sense of sadness of leaving a job or school becomes part of this Change, a transition, and we have to assimilate into our new lives as best as we can. Yet, it would do us good to derive inspiration from the past so that we can learn better too.
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I felt happy during my last days at school, I was thinking it will be my last days of sleepless nights because of the projects and homeworks and a new journey is about to come. I feel a bit anxious for I really don't know what is it out there. I don't have the exact answers on what a working world would be like. But when i got my first job, it was fun..i had to leave from that though because of some much more important issues to be taken care of. I felt sad for the built friendship ended so soon..I know it will never be the same when you're away with friends, but this is life and we should face it positively to be able to live it the best way we can.
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
hi gaiza, i think once we are more mature and older, we are able to manage our emotions better, and I really think we should coz life has its ups and downs.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
When I graduated from college, I was not really sentimental during my last day in school because I really wanted to finish school and get away with studying and preparing reports.hehehe. At work, every time I resigned from my job there's no feeling of loss or sadness because I'm aching to move already so no way to feel such loss hehehe
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
hi jlamela, to see it in a positive light, you are a practical person with focused goals. Perhaps the sentimental feelings do not weigh as much with you than with most other people.
@ynahh1 (454)
1 Sep 10
I was excited on my last day at school because as a regular student i was burden with so much school work.During my graduation so much feelings was there.I feel emotional,i saw all my batch mates happy and emotional as i am.!As we move along in the journey of life we need to face the challenging life and admit the fact that we are no longer students anymore,as we move along we are now assign to new task for selves development.Mixed emotion that is unexplainable that was my emotion during my last day in school.
• Singapore
3 Sep 10
hi ynahh1, I remembered that I have to suddenly grow up on my last day at school as I move away from secondary school education to pre-tertiary to tertiary education. Maybe a sense of loss - of innocence?
@kaspas (37)
• Greece
31 Aug 10
hmmm tyred i think . I am happy that end the work but i would like to relax and sleep for hours!
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
that is a simple enough emotion or feeling ...
• India
31 Aug 10
for me if suppose last day in my office, I will be very upset and not in good mood because of several like I might not meet again to those friends, might not possible to share good and bads ups and down of these busy life.... on the other hand, it will be good for me to learn some thing by new opportunity..to get in touch with new people whom ever I was not meet them and get a chance to learn some thing new.. So at last, I would like to say every coin as two side, so every change has two side one is bad and other sad..but in life we should always think positively only....
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi vndesai, very true. Thanks for sharing.
@rupsyco (38)
• Malaysia
31 Aug 10
Just last Friday it was my last day at work after almost three years (four months to complete the year). As that day approached my mind was focusing on things left to do and give as much training as possible (I left a post of a senior manager). Then on the day prior to the last something happened that made me quite happy to leave. A management decision on which I was not involved from my boss perhaps thinking that I was not going to be trust worthy? or whatever reason... in any case it surely displeased me. They had modified the email addresses that I had chosen by following the personnel's name and substituted them with a rnd, rnd1, rnd2, or prod, prod1, prod2, acct, acct2 etc.. by following the departments and making become the email address impersonal. This has reminded me how the company didn't actually follow basic things of modern management and perhaps I was better off with a new job. I saluted my ex colleagues, even the operators, from which I found more warmth than executives and management.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi rupsyco, I think there are quite a number of companies which are quite dismissive once the staff tendered their resignation. Staff are treated with distrust sometimes and the hard corporate hand lands on them. Not sure if it is the top management style or just the hr department's style. I have known of instances when staff can't log into the office PC on their last day of work to pre-empt any last minute tampering of data or other mischief. Such management style is definitely not appreciated anywhere especially if the staff has been working for quite some and fought tooth and nail for the company. Don't you find it strange but true. In the final analysis, the 'true colours' of the executives and management are revealed.
• United States
31 Aug 10
I believe it is sort of a happy fear. Where you know you must move on but sadden by the thought of leaving others behind. We can still communicate but it won't be the same as many of us know that moving on means to being busy and no time for the past.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
yup to a certain extent, it will not be quite the same, anymore. Our interests change and somehow, we change with time too. But if there is a common interest to be shared, regular meeting up would also be good. Common interest like sports and games.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
i used to spend years with my employers. Actually, if you've been with people for quite so long, friendship developed, and most of my previous employers, that's the thing I found hart to leave. When we had our last day in the office, it was spent by having a dinner. During that time, our previous gathering filled with fun were shown through slides, and it made us cry then. There's really lot of things we've been shared together. If I say I spend years being with them, it means 5 yrs or more. So it would really be a sad feeling for being departed with my colleagues. I missed them all actually.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi SimpleBB, yup, all good things have to come to an end sometime, I guess. Things change and we have to adapt, I guess. I really have made some very good friends through the years at the various places I've worked and it also marked the various phases of my life. Looking back brings back good memories, and photos helped to colour them.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
31 Aug 10
Hi, Let's me share with you on my last day at work. I was working at the bank at call centre department. and I resigned because I was going to settle down at another country. I was so happy on my last day work,because, I was going to have my Free Time,no more stress work on my shoulder. Of course, I would still need to do my work well and make sure I finished up whatever outstanding work I have in hand before I left the company. I did give some sweets for my colleagues as a farewell gifts and some of my close colleagues gave me present too. So touching!!
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi shia88, I think your burden gets lighter once you have either tendered or stepped out of the office. Relish that moment. I remember taking a holiday of 10 days in Turkey when I was between jobs and that was one of the most care-free holidays I've had.
@segungb (169)
• Nigeria
31 Aug 10
It is always a bittersweet experience. You want to go to the new place and you really do not want to leave the folks at the old place.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi segugb, yup, as in all things, it entail very mixed emotions. But I think these days due to technology, one can easily keep in contact by mobile and facebook, not to mention mylot and a host of other tools.
• India
31 Aug 10
Thanks for starting this discussion I felt like a child pushed into water without swimming lessons when I was about to leave school for higher education. It was like leaving that cocoon of safety. I almost cried but the feeling that I am in for a new world's experience prevented tears. Of course I miss my friend, teachers and mentors..
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
hi yoganandht, indeed school life provides us with the routine and comfort zone whilst growing up besides education itself. Certainly feels like leaving the 'cocoon of safety'. I remembered i cried for quite awhile nightly after i've left my school of 10 years to go on to my pre-university education.