To Quit or Not to Quit? Part II: The Plan

This is a follow to up Part I, written in April 2016

I did it! I quit. I gave my boss verbal notice at that meeting I was about to have in Part I of this story. I told him that I would work until the end of September.

“Well, I think we got an extra year out of you”, he said.

Then I took my annual leave during the month of May. We went to Japan and Taiwan, where I filmed all the videos in my YouTube Channel.

I submitted my written resignation when I returned in June.

In Switzerland, 2-3 months is the typical notice period, which may seem surprising to those from the U.S. where it’s only 2 weeks. If you’re in a senior management role it might be 6 months or longer.

There are both good and bad aspects to this from the employee’s viewpoint.

It’s good in that you don’t have to be stressed about teetering on the brink of financial ruin when your paychecks stop in 2 weeks’ time.

It’s bad in that it somewhat limits your flexibility to find a new job as the new company has to wait so long for you.

In my case, the 3 months of salary afforded me plenty of time to plan. I created a rough plan to go to Germany for at least 3 months, improve my German, work on some projects and try to figure out the next step.

The Plan

Overall, the plan hinged on a few key criteria:

  • I needed to find a cheap room somewhere in Germany with nearby language schools
  • My wife, who wasn’t coming with me, needed a room for herself in Zurich
  • We needed to find someone to sublet our apartment
  • Everyone needed to be flexible

We live in the town of Cham, on Zug lake. Though it’s a great location for couples and families, it’s not nearly as desirable as a city like Zurich for single people and young couples. We live about 50 minutes from Zurich and our rent is 1,650 CHF per month.

If we couldn’t find a room for my wife or sublet our apartment, it would mean we’d still have to pay the 1,650 CHF on top of whatever I’d need to pay in Germany, which would be a huge cash drain. Furthermore she would have to stay in our apartment, and she really wanted to try living on her own in a new place.

If, however, we could sublet our place to someone, they would cover the rent. And my wife found a room in a shared apartment for only 800 CHF, we’d save a ton.

Furthermore – both my wife’s landlords and our tenants would need to have the same idea in mind in terms of enter and leave dates. As would whoever I would be staying with.

It was a somewhat complicated, mad plan but it was a start. It was June; we had until the end of September.

I told my uncle (who lives in the area) about my plan to sublet our place. “Schwerig“, was all he said…

Stay tuned for Part III…