Leaving a job or career that you have been in for a while, can be a difficult thing to do, especially when there’s loyalty and job security at stake. When making a decision to change a career, one must do this with a complete evaluation of their financial and emotional well-being. You need to ensure that your pockets can handle the change and that emotionally, you have the right support system as you make this transition. This being said, how do you know when it’s time to leave your job? See below for suggestions:
1. You have explored all the advancement options and there is no other avenue for growth
This is especially important as sometimes a job may not offer ‘title’ advancement (junior to senior) but may offer certification opportunities etc for your advancement. Do not leave a job that offers growth advancement because they haven't offered ‘title’ advancement.
2. You have a viable business idea that you have been working on and is ready for launch
Now i say this with a huge caveat: do you have savings? I do not recommend anyone changing jobs without having sufficient savings - regardless of how much your current job sucks! Food still needs to be on the table and rent still needs to be paid!
3. You are absolutely bored
Ok hear me out, you will not always have ‘exciting’ days at work. I know this, I'm a realist. However, if you go to work and nothing inspires you. Nothing picks at your curiousity. Nothing causes you to do more research into finding a solution or getting to know more about an issue, then yes, by all means, begin planning your exit.
4. Your co-workers are getting laid off or let go by the numbers
The truth is downsizing is a reality; especially in a small firm. This is not to say that you will be let go as well but it could be an indication of the times. You may need to at least dust off and update your resume just in case.
5. You have nothing left to contribute to the advancement of the team and/or company
This is a tough one because it takes a lot to realize that you have done all you can and are ready to walk away. If you take a look at your daily duties and realize that either your talents could benefit a different organization better than where you are, you may need to start looking for another place to work.
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