Time to Quit Your Job
Nobody wants to be known as a ‘quitter’, but there are some occasions in life where there is really nothing more you can do about the situation that you’re in, and the only logical step is to give up and try something new. There’s always going to be a point in your life where you’re thinking of calling it quits, whether you’re done with working your ass off to get that all important degree, sick of battling to save a failing relationship or tired of working at a job that doesn’t do anything for you. Still, even if you’re extremely unhappy, it can be difficult to figure out what the correct course of action is. Do you stay or do you go? When it comes to deciding whether it may be time to quit your job, here’s a few tips that may help you make that critical call.
Is It Going to be better for You In the Long Run?
When I was struggling with the decision of quitting my last job, one of the things that haunted me most was the prospect of what quitting could mean for my future. Change is a frightening concept for all of us, and a lot of the time, especially if you’re like me, just giving up and quitting can feel like a failure, even if you’ve put everything you can into the endeavour. If you’re not sure whether quitting is the right thing for you, ask yourself some of the following questions:
Can You Really See Yourself Carrying On Like This? If you have taken time to think about the possible solutions available that could make your situation better, attempted to resolve whatever issues are holding you back and reassured yourself with dozens of motivational speeches into the mirror and you still have no confidence that anything’s going to get better, it may be time to quit. Maybe you’ve been waiting for someone else in your job to pull their act together for years after years of promises that something’s going to change, and you’re just realising now that it’s never going to happen. Maybe your manager keeps promising you the promotion you deserve with no real intention of giving you it. Can you really continue putting all the effort into your job that you do now with the knowledge that you’re never going to get recognition for it?
Are You Staying For The Wrong Reasons? If the only reason that you’re staying in a job you hate is that you’re afraid of looking for something else, then you’re probably doing it for the wrong reasons. Whether you’re staying out of a desire to keep someone else happy, a sense of misplaced responsibility or you’re just afraid to admit that you may need to start again, think about your long term happiness, and ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?”
Do You Get More Frustration Than Reward Out Of Your Commitment? Nothing is ever completely perfect, and with anything in life, we need to learn to take the bad parts with the good. However, if all you’re getting is the sore end of the deal over consistently long periods of time, you may need to consider making a radical change. If the clouds above you seem to clear the moment that you think about quitting and looking for something new, then that’s a sure-fire sign that something isn’t right.
Remember that deciding to quit doesn’t necessarily mean burning bridges with your former employer. Try to be as courteous as possible, you never know when a good break in business relationships could come in handy later in life.