The first thing I would emphasize is to maintain his professionalism. Give as much notice as is humanly possible; offer to work with whoever will have to pick up his work in the interim; make certain all contacts and archives are updated (that he is responsible for) and basically just go out as a high performer. He also needs to keep it quiet; he doesn’t need to act the part of the short-timer. If asked why he is leaving, he can simply say, “This is a good job, but it’s not quite the position for me.” DO NOT slam the department, boss, co-workers or anybody else. I had to leave a position I had for over six years and I performed highly in it as well. I kept it professional and parted on good terms. That’s it; just keep treading the upward path.
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