In the movie version of your life, the heroine (you) always has valid reasons to leave your job. While standing on your desk yelling to a room full of co-workers that you quit seems like a great idea every Monday morning, it might not always be the best way of handling things. Before you bash the printer in and tell you boss where they can stuff it, take a look at these valid reasons to leave your job.
1. You’re Not Advancing
If you started a job to move up the ladder, and you haven’t moved anywhere but from one desk to another during a coffee break, this is definitely one of the most valid reasons to leave your job. When you’ve worked hard and been vocal to your superiors about advancing, but still keep getting the same old excuses for staying where you are, it might be time to move on.
2. You’ve Become Comfortable
If you’ve been putting up with a job that was supposed to be temporary, and you now realize that you’re approaching year seven in it, it’s definitely time to leave. Some jobs are transition jobs. If your transition job has become an excuse or is hindering you from having the career that you really want, it’s time to take that leap of faith. It might be scary now, but you’ll be happier in the long run.
3. It’s Eating Your Soul
When we’re just starting out, it’s almost assumed that we will have difficult jobs, with crazy bosses and be treated poorly. If you find yourself relating too much to Andy from The Devil Wears Prada, and sacrificing your life on the hopes that you might advance, this is definitely not a good thing. Unless, there’s a signed contract stating you will have your dream job in X amount of time, don’t sacrifice your sanity on the hopes that it will lead you to where you want to be. It probably won’t.
4. You’ve Hit a Glass Ceiling
You’ve done everything right. You’ve worked your butt off and you’re almost there except for one thing: you’ve stalled. If you’ve hit a glass ceiling in a company, it might be time to have your work ethic and talents recognized elsewhere.
5. You Want to Raise Your Baby
When your career has been your baby for so long, having an actual baby can make it hard to decide whether to stay working or take time off. If you’ve realized that you’re ready to take time off from your career to have children, know that doing what’s best for you and your family is always the right decision.
6. You’ve Grown out of It
If your career just doesn’t give you the thrill it once did, and it’s become nothing but punching a time clock, it’s probably time to go. Not everyone is lucky enough to get to be a rock star or Oscar winning actress, but when you spend the majority of your day somewhere, you should enjoy it.
7. You Want a Career Change
Whether you’re ready to go back to school or you want to try something completely different, it’s time to do it. There’s no time like the present and the sooner you put the wheels in motion, the faster you’re going to get to where you really want to be. If you’ve always wanted to be something other than what you’re doing now, research the best way of going about it and start.
When you know you’re ready to leave your job you know. Before yelling "I quit!" at the top of your lungs, make sure to do your homework so that transitioning from one job to the next can be a fun experience, not one riddled with fear or doubt. Have you recently left your job? Tell me your reasons!