Every job, at some point, will cause some frustration and may even tempt you to quit without warning.
However, the decision to leave a job should not be something you seriously consider in the midst of a stressful moment. In fact, deciding if and when to leave your job should be one of the most involved and well-thought out decisions you will ever have to make.
When you’re young and just starting out in your first or second job, there’s a good chance that you won’t stay with the company for the next 20 years or longer. Although quitting your job may not be as big of a deal as you originally assumed, it’s still important to go about your decision in a responsible way to prevent as many negative side effects as possible. This includes officially resigning from the position and being honest about why you are resigning.
It may sound cliché, but you don’t have to stay at a job that doesn’t challenge you and make the most use of your talents. Sure, there may be obstacles within your job that require long hours and other not-so-appealing aspects, but your passion for what you do should outweigh any of those obstacles. If not, it may be time to explore some job possibilities that allow you to fully utilize your talents and skills as well as give you overall job satisfaction.
Simply put? A good job should give back as much as you put in. If you consistently put in 100% effort at work and only get back 50% in self-satisfaction and pride in your accomplishments, this is a sign that you should be looking for more fulfilling career opportunities. In addition to providing personal satisfaction, your job should constantly challenge you and offer the opportunity for advancement to higher positions in order to unlock your full professional potential.
If you decide to leave or explore other more challenging work experiences, make sure you prepare yourself before making the transition or considering alternative career opportunities. In most cases, you can benefit from going back to school to either build upon your current degree or start on a completely new academic path to prepare yourself for a new career that is more personally fulfilling.
Since going back to school can be intimidating for a professional who hasn’t been in an academic setting for years, consider online education alternatives to earn your degree in a more comfortable and accommodating environment. In addition to extending your education, you can also prepare for the job hunt by upgrading your resume, improving your visibility, networking online, and taking advantage of the career services department at your alma mater.
No matter how old you are or how unfavorable the economy is, there is no reason why you should waste time at a job that is unfulfilling. With so many opportunities available, such as online education, you have all of the resources you need to work toward your professional development and obtain more satisfying employment.
Jesse Langley specializes in writing about education, professional and personal development, and career building. He writes on behalf of Colorado Technical University.