Backing Out of Work Commitments

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This question was submitted by MorningMist in the Ask Savvy group.

Last year I completed a one year internship at a company that then offered me a part time position of which I am currently working in. A couple of months ago my manager asked me verbally whether I would like to work full time for the company next year, while completing my degree part time (I am graduating next year). I replied "yes" without thinking. My current contract ends at the end of this year. Even though nothing has been signed for my position next year, I know that the seniors are assuming I am staying on and have started planning.

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I've since changed my mind and no longer want to work for the company. I feel that the role is not in the scope of the direction in which I would like my career to be. I know I am only an undergraduate and any opportunity is a good opportunity, but I feel like I am wasting my time and energy here because I am no longer motivated in the role and am not learning many new things to keep me interested.

How can I go tell them that I've changed my mind? How can I do it without burning too many bridges? I'd like to keep my managers as my references for future job searching but I feel that in taking back my word, I've entered myself into their bad books.

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