Questioning a job or a career path is one of those things that every one of us has gone through at least once throughout life. This is completely normal as statistics continue to prove that a very small percentage of people are fulfilled and satisfied with what they do for a living.
If you fall into the category of those who feel frustrated, stressed, uncertain, or lost when it comes to their careers, then you’re probably wondering when it’s time to quit your job, explore other opportunities and options, and eventually end up pursuing a career that you’re actually happy with.
In this post we’ll reveal 7 signs that show that it might be time for you to quit your current job immediately. You might also want to read till the end to find out how you can turn the situation in your favor once you discover that these signs apply to you, or simply which other alternatives you have that can help broaden your horizons and change your life completely.
1. You’re not passionate about what you’re doing
Generally in our society, we view people who get to do what they like and what they’re passionate about as lucky, and this is completely valid. The reason behind it is that when your job is your passion, your mind stops considering it as a job. Instead, it becomes an activity that brings you a lot of joy, fulfillment, and gives you purpose.
There are basically three categories of people when it comes to how they feel about their jobs:
- Those who absolutely love what they do and just can’t think of a better career. These are basically the lucky ones, and let’s face it, you wouldn’t need to continue reading this if you were one of them.
- Those who don’t necessarily hate their jobs, but wouldn’t say no to a better option. Maybe what they do is good enough to pay the bills and maintain a good lifestyle, involving good working conditions, etc, but they still have a bit of a doubt, a feeling that maybe there is a bit more for them out there, some new opportunities to explore and grow even more.
- And then there are those who just detest their jobs. The kind that when they wake up in the morning they have a hard time getting out of bed to leave for work. The reasons for this can be different and sometimes complicated but the outcome is the same – constant nagging feeling that something’s wrong.
One of the main reasons why many people might feel that they belong to the second or third category is because they don’t see their jobs as a passion. This seems to be very common nowadays due to the fact that very few people really take their time to choose their career path, and even those who think that they did make the right choice earlier in their life, can end up feeling differently about it, and sometimes even regretting it, which pushes them to consider switching to a whole different field.
2. Feeling burned out at work
This often happens when you’ve been working at the same position for a long period of time, meaning that you’ve learned and mastered pretty much all aspects of your field of expertise, and as time goes by, you start feeling that you’re not moving forward, not learning anything new, and simply that your work has become rather a tedious routine that you have to go through every day without any fulfillment or challenge.
Having this kind of feeling at your current job means that you need to take action in order to change the situation in your favor. You could, for example, ask about other open positions in your current company that would not only require you to use your existing knowledge, but also pick up a new set of skills. If that’s not an option, then it’s probably time to look for other opportunities that would make it possible for you to tackle new challenges.
3. Looking forward to Fridays and dreading Sunday evenings.
This is a very common and obvious sign that your present job isn’t really for you. If you’re one of those people who can’t wait for weekends to start, and feel depressed on Sunday evenings, then something’s definitely wrong.
You see, this cycle of good and bad means that you only have those weekends to look forward to, while for the rest of the week, your job might be draining your energy physically and mentally, taking up most of your time, and leaving you with only those weekends as a refuge to try to relax and distract yourself – a momentary distraction that fades away as soon as it’s Sunday evening.
4. Time passes very slowly at work.
Another sign that you need to quit your job is when you arrive at work and get that feeling that it’s taking forever to do your tasks and finish your shift while you just can’t wait to get done with it and go back home. This might be due to the fact that you’re not doing what you actually like or you’re passionate about, that you’re working in a negative environment, or simply because you’re not satisfied with your current salary.
However, regardless of the reason, if you find yourself feeling like this at your current job, then it’s a good idea to consider a different company to work for or a different career path altogether.
5. Your current job isn’t fulfilling your financial goals.
This might apply to you if you’re getting paid a minimum wage or even less, and depending on your expenses and saving habits, you might be ending up with little to no extra money saved up not being able to afford the things you want, or treat yourself to a well-deserved vacation.
This financial insecurity is considered to be one of the main reasons why many people choose to leave their job every year, especially now that prices keep increasing and putting more and more families under huge financial strain. If this is the case for you, and you feel that you’re not getting compensated fairly at your job, then it might be a good idea to discuss this with your HR department or directly with your boss. Otherwise, if that’s not an option, then it’s probably time to consider looking for another job or maybe think about building a new income stream in order to achieve your financial freedom.
6. Suffering from stress and anxiety
It goes without saying that throughout human history, work related stress and anxiety constituted a big percentage of psychological problems that we keep encountering on a daily basis, and the bad news is that it doesn’t seem to be getting better and it continues to affect people every day.
So whether you’re in a toxic work environment, have an unfair boss, a high workload, or colleagues that you don’t get along with, all these factors can bump your stress and anxiety levels up to the roof.
But you might ask, well who doesn’t have stress at work nowadays?
Sure, pretty much everyone gets at least some amount of stress and anxiety at their job, but people react to stress differently, and it also affects them in various ways. The point to take here is that as soon as you notice that your job is starting to affect your physical and mental health, it’s necessary to step back, and give it a thought, mainly because it’s only going to get worse from there affecting your personal health which should be your number one priority.
7. Your job is consuming most of your time
Having a 9 to 5 job can be time consuming, especially when you add commuting time during the rush hour. Unfortunately, that’s not everything. Some jobs can be so draining that once you get back home after a long day at work, all you want to do is lie down on the couch and watch some TV, leaving you with no desire to spend time with family or simply pursue a hobby or a side hustle that you might have.
If anything is to be described as priceless, it has to be time. We only live once, and life is too short to do something that brings us down instead of doing what we really like or spending time with friends and family. So if you find that you’re constantly lacking time because of your job, or that your position pushes you to bring unfinished work home, leaving you with too little time for yourself, then you need to realize that there’s an issue that needs attention.
Fixing this issue might require you to have a discussion with your manager or HR department to review your workload and eliminate the need to have to bring extra work home. You might also need to discuss your working conditions in case your job is causing you too much stress that keeps affecting you even after you get back home. If none of those options are possible, then you’re probably better off quitting your job and exploring other opportunities.
Well okay, I checked the signs and I can say that most of them apply to me. What’s next? How do I change this situation?
The answer to this boils down to one simple fact: in order to become satisfied with your current job, you need to address the challenges that you’re experiencing right now and try to work on them, or at least live with them. If that’s not an option, only then would it be safe to assume that it’s the right time to quit your job.
Here is the thing. This isn’t an open invitation to quit your job immediately with no backup plan.
Quitting a job is no easy decision, and by making it in a hasty and unplanned way, you would only be putting yourself under even more stress and pressure. Instead, you need to plan your escape carefully, define your goals, whether it’s looking for another job, switch to a completely different career path, or maybe even creating your own business. Your main priority should be to make the transition as smooth as possible while avoiding financial restrain as well as mental struggles that you or your family might encounter during the process, only then will you increase your chances of success and change your life for the better.