I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could provide any advice on the most appropriate way to give notice at my job (entry-level engineer in industry), especially with regards to method and timing. I'm inexperienced with all of this and would be grateful for any wisdom or perspective that anyone could share. For method, it seems that the standard method is to hold a meeting with my manager and also to provide a letter of resignation at that meeting which includes the date that I plan to leave. Is this pretty much the norm? For timing, I'm conflicted as to whether I should give one month's notice or two weeks notice. I'm leaning towards giving one month's notice since I'd like to not put my co-workers in a bind, and it would allow me time to more adequately transfer knowledge / projects. However, I'm worried that I'm being too naive and that I should give less notice. I'm planning on making my end date just over a year after I started so I can at least spend a little bit of time with my family members (who are far away) before I move again to start school. However, if I'm 'forced' to leave before I've worked a full year, I'll experience some financial loss (my relocation benefits/signing $ are pro-rated). Reasons why I don't think I'd be forced to leave earlier than I desire: -I'm leaving for school & not for a competitor (or even a different department); it's fairly commonplace for entry-level people in my area to leave for grad school -- it just typically happens after longer than 1 year -my area is under-resourced as is, and will be even more so soon as one of my co-workers whom I share responsibilities with leaves for vacation for 2 weeks -obtaining a new hire will take some time, and training one so s/he is actually able to get anything done will take even longer (it takes some time to learn the maze of documentation/databases & to understand the relevant technical information and product history) -I have a few open projects with external deadlines set for end of May / beginning of June, and then will likely need some time to effectively pass off other projects onto people -I've gained the sense that my direct manager would likely want me to stay as long as possible to shoulder the workload Reasons why I fear giving notice too soon: -I work for a large company in industry; of course I'm disposable -this article scares me: http://wistechnology.com/articles/1757/ -I've heard that the director of my area tends to cut all contact with previous employees once he gets what he needs from them for completing/transitioning projects, etc (not much good will there) -the potential for financial loss I realize that my situation is minor in scale compared to those of 'real' non-trads with families & homes & greater financial demands to consider when they're deciding when/whether to leave their jobs to go back to school. However, I would be very appreciative of having input from people on this board (and I didn't think I'd find the pre-allo board nearly as helpful). Thank you.