When to stay and when to go

Thinking of calling it quits? This article will give you some points to consider before you throw yourself at the mercy of the job market.

While quitting your job can be both terrifying and liberating, you need to make sure you’re leaving for the right reasons. It’s always easier to get a new job while you’re still working, so think twice before you resign without another job to go to.

Even if you’re at your wit’s end and find yourself in a situation where a job as a cherry picker suddenly looks attractive, make your next career move a move up – not backwards or sideways.

There are a number of reasons why people decide to quit their jobs, but some of them could be coming from emotion rather than a voice of reason.

Reasons you should quit your job:

When your job becomes a health risk, it’s a no brainer. Working in a job that impacts your health or mental wellbeing can have serious, long-term consequences. If you find yourself in this situation, develop an interim plan to support yourself financially and call it a day.

If a job doesn’t align with your long-term career goals, you’ve stopped learning new skills or you want another challenge, it’s time to think about the next big thing. A good time to go is when you’ve maximised all your opportunities and you’re not growing. While flying in and out of jobs can be frowned upon by employers, staying in a job for too long can be equally detrimental to your future growth.

In saying that, people often leave a job because of a lack of opportunity, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the opportunities don’t exist. Before you make plans to leave, talk to your manager or HR department – you could be surprised where these conversations can take you.

If you’re in an industry or company that’s tipped to go bust, now could be a good time to plan your escape. It might be a matter of embarking on a new training course or finding a job in an associated industry.

And when you have a picture of your boss in the freezer, it’s time to leave or review your coping mechanisms. In your professional and personal life you’ll no doubt come across people you don’t like, but how you deal with them could be all you need to keep sane. Of course if your boss is bullying or harassing you, report it.

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