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    I have a job offer from one of the Big4 firms for a graduate position starting in September 2017. However, having done the internship at this firm over the summer, I would rather work elsewhere (not to say I didn't enjoy it though). So I was thinking, what happens if I sign the contract and commit to starting in September 2017 but I back out of my agreement sometime next year (so well in advance of the actual start date of the grad programme)? I am told that it is a contractual obligation in the contract but will they sue me or..?
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    To be honest, when we started in October our induction managers were still waiting for one girl to arrive. By mid-morning she still hadn't shown up. By lunchtime she had emailed to say she wouldn't be starting. Pretty sure they're doing nothing about it. It's a pretty d*ck* move considering new laptop/phone etc had been purchased and set up for her, she had been booked onto clients for months to come and been booked into college/hotels etc.
    If you give the firm enough time I can't imagine it'll be much of an issue. They have much better things to be doing than suing a graduate who can replaced in a heartbeat.
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    There is no chance they would sue you. An employment contract is a promise to deliver your time and services over a period of time in exchange for money. It isn't a promise to deliver something in the future - whoever told you that you had an obligation to work for them a year in the future is wrong. They don't even have an obligation to give you a job, they could at any time terminate the contract for any reason they like and there isn't anything you could do about it.
 
 
 
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