Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job
Life is filled with ups and downs, peaks and valleys, and there are periods when it feels like there are more downs than ups. Every job you hold, regardless of industry, or level, is not always smooth sailing. If your current job feels like it’s in a down swing, and has been for a while now, before you decide to quit, answer these questions. Quitting your job may free you to pursue better opportunities, but it could be a decision that you come to regret. So the best thing to do is to review your situation before quitting your job.
- Why did you accept this job in the first place? There is a reason why you decided to work in this role. Write down the reason, then ask yourself if the reason is still valid for you. Why? Why not? What has changed since you first accepted the role? Are the changes for the better or worse? Has the job delivered on your original expectations? Why? Why not? Did you accept the job because you were chasing someone else’s dream?
- Do you enjoy working in the role? Are you doing work that you love and are passionate about? Are you where you envisioned yourself to be? Can you live with where you are right now? Why? Why not? How long have you been working in this role? Have you stayed in other jobs for a shorter or a longer period of time? What perks and advantages do you have working in this role, that would be difficult to get elsewhere? Has there been any upward momentum since you first started working in the job? Are there any opportunities for growth in your current job? Are there opportunities for growth in the company?
- Have you talked to your boss about what you are going through now? If not, why not? Is your boss part of the reason why you are thinking about quitting your job?
- What’s the worst that could happen if you decide to quit your job? Can you live with it? What’s the worst that could happen if you decided to stay? Can you live with that?
- How long would it take you to find another job? Although you cannot predict how long it will take for you to land another job, there are statistics that can guide you. Will you have enough money to live?
These are a lot of questions to answer, but they will help to focus your thinking, forcing you to reflect on your situation, removing the emotion out of the equation. Quitting your job is not necessarily a bad thing to do, but make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons.