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“Should I quit my job?” (Career Management)

“Should I quit my job?” is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another. If you wait until you’re at your breaking point, you might end up choosing a quick “exit job” rather than taking the best next step for your career.

Before You Quit, Analyze What the Real Problem Is

Instead, take a more proactive approach, before your frustration builds. At least once a year, evaluate how you feel about your company, your position, and your career.

Don’t quit your job before asking yourself these questions:

  • Are you working for the right organization? Maybe you’ve noticed people you respect are leaving the company, profits are down, or changes are implemented with little notice or rationale. This could be a sign that your organization is the problem, and you might want to look for a similar job with another employer.
  • Are you in the right position? Perhaps you don’t have opportunities to learn and grow, or you work for a boss who is impeding your career. In this case, your job might not be a good fit, and you might seek out a position in another part of your company.
  • How are you positioned for your future career? Lastly, consider whether you’re actually prepared to take your next career step. If not, focus on building your career assets — your reputation, your industry knowledge, or your network, for example — to equip yourself to make a move in the near future.

So, if you’re thinking about quitting your job, do a quick analysis.

  • Is the organization you work for the source of your concern? Then, you might look for a similar job with another employer.
  • Is the job the problem? Then, you should consider making a move within your company before you decide to leave.
  • And, finally, are you prepared to make your next move? Build your personal career assets to position your career for the future.

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