I just listened to the latest episode of the Freakanomics podcast which asks “Should kids payback their parents for raising them?” This is an interesting question in an of its self but what about the people who have helped shape you professionally? Don’t we owe them something?
What about the company that took a chance on us when others wouldn’t? Or that Manager that stuck with us when other managers had written us off?
You do owe them something… respect. That means if you decide to pursue another opportunity then you should tell them, face to face if possible, and definitely give them at least a two-week notice.
People can forgive a lot if you “own” your decision and handle things professionally. If you just stop calling or returning calls…. well, that is what H. S. students do.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.