It takes guts and initiative to quit a steady job. You’re accepting that there may be a turbulent time ahead of job-seeking or you’re moving career paths which is equally terrifying.
If you are considering quitting, stop, breathe and think it through.
Your happiness is the number one priority – above everything else. If you’re not happy in the job you’re doing, then move, there’s no shame in ‘quitting’.
You’re not giving up, you’re making a positive decision for the betterment of your life. But before you make any rash actions, here are eight questions you need to ask yourself.
1. Why do you want to change?
Are you stuck in a rut? Do you feel like you’re inadequate as an employee? Remember, the only person you need to justify this career change to is yourself. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.
2. Do you want to change career completely?
If you hated your job before, why not spin your skills into a different industry? The change of scenery and type of people can really put your mind into a better frame.
3. Where can your skills take you?
Most jobs now prepare you for a myriad of different positions – it’s the heterogenous job market we work in. Think about how far your CV can take you before quitting.
4. What do you care about?
If you’re struggling to find meaning in your current position, think about what or where you want to contribute to. You might find that your passion will result in a significant pay-cut but if it means you’ll be happy, it’s an easy decision.
5. How prepared are you to start from the bottom?
If you do plan on changing career paths dramatically, you may need to go back to school or university. This, in turn, will mean starting from the bottom and working your way up again.
6. How much money do you need?
Your income level may drop which isn’t the end of the world but it does require some serious thought. You can’t maintain the same lifestyle on a smaller pay-check so get your finances sorted or a rough minimum salary in your head before quitting.
7. Will you regret it if you don’t?
This one is huge. Ten years down the line will you look back and wish that you’d taken the leap of faith? If there’s the smallest possibility of ‘yes’, then absolutely think about making a change.
8. Do you actually just need some time off?
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When you’re stuck in a rut, it can feel like work is this serpentine creature that’s constricting you. You may have convinced yourself that you need to quit but you might just need a couple weeks break to reassess the situation. Don’t make any decisions until you’ve considered every option.