It’s Monday afternoon. The weekend is over. You’re staring at your screen wondering if there is something more to life, and dreaming about quitting your job.
While there are plenty of legitimate reasons to throw in the towel – a horrible boss, hating the work, a long commute, a measly pay packet – it’s also important to consider whether now is the right time to tell your boss to shove it.
Here are seven reasons you should stick it out (for now).
You don’t have a plan
They say to never leave one job until there’s another one lined up. And for good reason.
Without a plan, you’ll end up just treading water. If things don’t work out, desperation and panic mode can sink in and you can end up in a worse situation than you are now.
So while it might not necessarily be another job (it could be self-employment, study or travel plans), it’s crucial to be clear about where you’re going and what you’re going to do.
It could get better
If there’s only one aspect of the job that you hate, like a current project or a pushy client, it might be worth staying put for the time being. All jobs will have ups and downs, and it’s important to not let the downs overrule a job you’re otherwise happy with.
If the things you’re annoyed with don’t improve over time, it’s up to you to try and fix them. Ask to be put on a new project or rotated to a new team and see if that makes a difference before handing in your resignation.
You’re still learning
Despite the frustration you may feel toward your boss or co-workers, the reality is that if you’re still learning new skills, it’s probably best to keep growing and developing.
Leaving a job where you’re still learning means there’s a high chance of going backwards in your next job. Once learning has been capped in one role or company, start thinking about leaving. But until then, be strategic about growth and skill development. Because there’s nothing worse than starting over in a new job in the same industry.
Someone said you should
Someone else (no matter who it is) telling you to leave a job is not reason enough to quit. You may have vented to them about a bad day or a sabotaging colleague, or perhaps they’ve recently quit their job and are having a great time and want you to do the same.
The only opinion that matters here is your own, so take other people’s remarks with a grain of salt, because ultimately, you’re the one who needs to make this decision.
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Quitting a job, walking out or sticking it to the man might feel good for a few hours, but then reality sinks in and the bills aren’t going to stop coming.
Whether you get paid a good wage or not, working provides financial stability, and that becomes more important as you take on more responsibility.
So if there are others you support, rent and bills to pay or goals you’re working towards, think twice about walking out without considering all aspects of the finances first.
You think the grass is greener
You may be dreaming about something better coming along, but the unfortunate reality is the grass is always greener on the other side.
Think realistically and clearly about your current job and company. Speak to others in the industry. You might not have it so bad.
If you’ve been offered a new position, consider whether it’s better than the one you currently have and why.
You can make changes without quitting
Want to work for yourself? Why not start a hobby business after hours or on weekends? This gives you the security of testing an idea while still earning a regular income.
Want to travel? You might be able to travel with work, ask for a transfer or even ask for an extended break so there’s a job to return to.
You don’t always need to quit your day job before pursuing other interest, so don’t abandon ship if it’s not really necessary.
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