When is it Time to Quit Your Job And Look For a New Career?
One the greatest pieces of advice I have ever received was: If you don’t like your job, then quit. It really is that simple, although it sure doesn’t seem like that sometimes. A lot of us have been programmed to have this mindset of not being a quitter and sticking things out even if you don’t like it. To that, all I have to say, “Why?”
Ultimately what it comes down to is: Why would intentionally make yourself unhappy? In what way does it make sense to continually show up to a job that you don’t like? Who are you helping? I can guarantee your employer doesn’t want employees who do not want to be there. Yes, arguments can be made like the job market is too risky to quit your job and start all over, but the problem with that argument is that most people just use it as a crutch. Have you even tried looking for a new job? Who says you need to quit your job first and then start looking for something else? In fact, it should be the exact opposite.
If you’re thinking about making a career change, the first step is to update your resume or CV. Chances are, if you’ve been at the same job for over a decade, your resume is incredibly outdated. Think of all the skills you’ve acquired and all the projects you’ve undertaken over the years. Think of all the new contacts you have and all the people you could reach out to.
Once your resume is looking like it actually belongs in 2014, hit the job boards. The internet has made it so easy to find open positions these days. You can job hunt without ever leaving your home and still have your job security. Losing your income and your benefits is a scary thought, which is why it is incredibly important to start looking for a new career now. Start now before you completely lose your cool at you current job and absolutely can’t take it anymore.
The answer to this question doesn’t lead to answers like, “When the economy turns around,” or “Once this whole ‘internet fad’ dies down and people need my skill set again.” The answer will always lead to one place: You. You decide to take action. You decide to better your life. You decide to be happy. So what if that means going back to school? Do it. So what if that means longer hours at less pay? If that’s what you want, then make it happen.
So ultimately, if you’re wondering when is the right time to quit your job and look for a new career, the answer is now. You will always be able to find an excuse not to do it or to put it off. I can guarantee you there will never be a “right” time. If you’re already wondering that question, that means you’re already unhappy, and under no circumstances should you choose to stay in an unhappy life.