In pop culture, quitting a job means either walking out of the office because you are fed up or getting fired and losing everything. In reality however it’s almost never so dramatic, it’s rather a long process of considering where you want to be, who you want to be and what brings you happiness. So let’s talk about 3 signs it’s time to quit your job!
1. You are stagnating/You are not learning anything new
Most professionals, but especially young professionals who just started their career, have a need to learn new things. It doesn’t always have to be a completely new skill, sometimes it’s just a new approach to a problem, or maybe you are introduced to a new technology. However, if you have been feeling like you didn’t learn anything new in the last 6-12 months, and you are starting to get bored or annoyed by your work, it’s time for a change. Of course, the change doesn’t have to always be a new job, sometimes addressing the topic with your boss can already help a lot too. But if your boss can’t do anything for you, it might be a sign to quit your job and move on to a new challenge.
2. It isn’t sustainable on a long-term basis
For a job to be sustainable on a long-term basis you need it to make you happy. It needs to fulfill you mentally, emotionally and financially. Your job should engage you mentally with great opportunities and new challenges, you should have a great network of coworkers who you can connect to on an emotional level of friendship, and lastly it’s financially working for you, in the way that you can save money, without worrying at the end of the month. Those three can make the difference between being happy with your job or not. If one of those three doesn’t apply, it is likely that your job won’t be sustainable on a long-term basis.
3. Your values and that of your companies do not align
In the case that your values and your companies do not align, it can be hard to get up every morning and do an amazing job. Finding purpose through your work can be important. A purpose makes you more committed, engaged and satisfied with your job. Always ask yourself if you want to put your energy into something that you don’t stand behind. You have to be able to stand behind your company’s vision and what they are working towards. You most likely won’t be satisfied with your job on a long-term basis, if you can’t find some kind of purpose or happiness in it.
The before mentioned 3 signs can help you make the decision to quit your job or not. Of course, quitting your job is never an easy decision. It’s a careful consideration. You should never run from a job, but rather move on towards another opportunity. Never forget that we are all individuals who need different things to be happy. Some people might thrive in a job where they know all the in’s and out’s, while other people need a change every few years.
Do you have any experience with quitting your job? Why did you do it? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to check out our article about 4 Signs You Are Not Earning Enough Money.
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