When You’re Going To Your Dream Job, You Need To Hand Over Your Old One

Planning for your own departure

Robert Drury
Getting Started in Product

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You might think that because you’re leaving a role to take up a new one elsewhere what happens after you leave doesn’t matter.

I can tell you I don’t think like that.

I think I’ll have done good work and I would want my efforts to go to waste.

I also don’t want my current colleagues to start bad-mouthing me when I’ve left the building.

Finally, I never know when I might need my colleagues again in the future so want them to be keen to pick up the phone if I call.

Due to this feeling, I think it’s important to do as much as you can to hand over your role to the next person, and it doesn’t have to be a tedious task.

Photo by cottonbro studio

Document, document, document!

It’s obvious to say, but when you leave you won’t be there to answer any questions when people have them, which means your task is to transfer your knowledge to a place that will be there once you’re gone.

It can be as simple as a Google Doc but is better in something like a workplace wiki. The good news is that once it’s in there then ownership of the knowledge can be shared as others can contribute and the…

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Robert Drury
Getting Started in Product

Helping people kick start their product management career with product coaching, job application prep, & resources at gettingstartedinproduct.substack.com