Asking whether it’s time to quit your job is a very valid question. Leaving your job can be a conflicting decision if you have been in the position for a short period, been there for a while or like the Vikings you burned your boats when you got the job. Weighing up whether it’s time to leave or not is a process that often takes most people longer to make as a result. In some cases it’s only with the benefit of hindsight that you realise that you should have moved on sooner.
Consider these 5 situations if you are faced with this tricky decision.
1. Lack of training and personal development opportunities
When your personal development starts to suffer, it’s time to go. This can be anything like you not being allowed to go for training, not being given a budget to train or not getting the training that you were promised when you joined. The longer you go without training the more you will be falling behind your peers that are getting training. Graduates have been said to earn £12,000 more than non-graduates and having certain professional qualifications means that you can earn up to £5,000 more than people without one but have similar experience and qualifications. The same applies to getting MBAs, Masters, PhDs and other postgraduate qualifications. The less training you have over time, the less likely you will be trusted to take on certain tasks. This also means the longer you defer your decision to leave, the more desirable other candidates will appear since they have more up to date and in demand skills.
2. Your passion is gone
The job that sucks the life out of you is a real thing and detrimental to your well-being. If you no longer feel challenged and if despite asking for opportunities the situation and how you feel doesn’t change then it’s time to look at your options. If you don’t enjoy your work it will show in your body language and your verbal and written language whether you think you are hiding it well or not. The longer you stay in a position you don’t find fulfilling the more your performance is impacted. This will put a dent in any career progression plans you might have. The knock on effect is you probably won’t be put forward for the exciting work, which is the opposite of what you want and this can start affecting your credibility and confidence.
3. Better opportunity comes along
Leaving for a better opportunity doesn’t necessarily mean you have no loyalty. If you are given an opportunity that you have been waiting for loyalty has nothing to do with anything in this situation. If you miss the opportunity you will probably regret it. You might end up in the place where you feel resentful of missing the chance and loose your passion. You shouldn’t be guilt tripped into staying and should view your career and your career management from a personal level.
4. You know it’s not the right fit
In spite of all the best research reading company news, looking at the company’s social media, interviewing your potential line manager, you never really know what it’s like to work for a company until you start. Sometimes there just isn’t a good fit and it’s ok to admit you made a bad move. Fit can be you not agreeing with the company values or how the company does business or treat employees or you are subjected to poor working conditions. Whatever the cause may be, if you are uneasy, frustrated or restricted you are unlikely going to be able to do your best work. In which case making an exit before you are shown it might be the right thing.
5. When you’ve explored other issues
You might be unhappy on your job and think that changing employers or roles is the answer. The obvious and easiest thing to do is to assume that work is the problem. Confirmation bias will show you what you believe. So thoughts that your boss or colleagues are the problem will be confirmed and sometimes without checking your own behavior and it’s impact. Sometimes looking at your life outside work will help you evaluate the real issues. Whether you realise or not home life can be impacting your work life, attitude, and performance and how people respond to you. If you evaluate your home and personal life and there aren’t any factors impacting on your work, then leaving is a credible solution if you can’t find a way to turn the situation around.
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