Here is my dilema now:
I have been working at a larger public accounting firm for 1 year and 9 months (since January 2011) and ever since last January/February I have been thinking about leaving. My original plan was to leave by the start of next "busy season" at the latest which for us starts mid-January. With my work, they have me scheduled on jobs until May/June of 2013 and I don't want to burn any bridges here in case I decide to come back, but no employment will hire me 8 months in advance. Also, I took a few months off this summer to go to Basic Combat Training for the Army and my firm seemed very supportive of this. It seems that people in the past (at my firm) find new employment quite abruptly to the point where I don't know they are leaving, even people in my start class, until the day they write their good-bye email. The reason I'm leaving is to get more of a work-life balance (people here work nonstop) and to do something that I enjoy. Should I discuss my thoughts with my career advisor or if I find better employment just submit my 2 weeks?
One more thing, I want to ask my managers and even senior managers if they would feel comfortable writing me a recommendation on LinkedIn, but why else would I be asking for this unless I was looking for new employment? Can you help me with reasons as to why I would be doing this except that I'd like to keep it up to date and to help me answer any prying questions in response to my request?