When is it okay to quit your job without a plan B?

Monday, 29 April 2019

Gossiping co-workers. A boss that can reduce you to tears. And a seemingly infinite list of deadlines looming over you. Sound familiar?

It’s a sad fact that many of us are likely to experience anxiety, stress or sadness during our working week and for some these emotions are so prevalent that waking up each day begins to feel more like a curse than the blessing that it truly is. Considering that most of us need full time jobs to stay financially afloat (and to fund that expensive skincare addiction), a huge part of our lifetime is dedicated to working and our career choices are therefore such a significant factor in shaping our happiness. 

There are many factors as to why people don’t enjoy their jobs, but at what point is it worth risking everything by quitting before even having new work lined up? 
The thought of not having the stability of a steady income can be nerve-wracking, not to mention having to go back through the painstaking process of applying for a new job all over again. But in the end (and at risk of sounding like a “yolo” style cliché), life is too short to be in a job that makes you truly unhappy. 

It’s all a matter of personal preference of course, but if you’re on the fence about leaving your current job, here are a few reasons why it might be the right choice for you.

If it’s affecting your mental or physical health
Quite possibly the most important reason of all, your health and wellbeing should always be your first priority. If your job is giving you problems physically or causing severe depression or anxiety, it’s not worth it (unless these issues can be improved and worked on with your employment). There’s absolutely no shame in leaving your job to protect yourself from physical or mental harm. 

If it’s affecting your relationships
When you’re in a relationship with someone, compromises sometimes need to be made, and I don’t just mean offering to watch their favourite Netflix show instead of your own. For instance if you are rarely able to see your partner due to long hours or frequent work trips, or similarly if you’re missing out on important life moments and special occasions with family and friends, consider how your relationships could be affected and that you might regret not being a part of these memories.

If it’s not what you want to do for a career
If you have a dream job or career aspirations, you’ve only got one lifetime to make it happen (once again I do apologise for preaching the whole “yolo” thing, but it’s true). You can’t reach your goals by remaining stuck in an unfulfilling role that has no relevance or benefit to your long-term career desires. 

If you instead focus on taking steps towards getting your dream job you will feel a positive and invigorating sense of purpose, even if that means starting at the bottom and interning (but I’d recommend having a part-time paid hustle on the side because those bills aren’t going to pay themselves).

If it’s not financially beneficial enough
Lets be real, most of us don’t do our jobs for the love of it (yes, even your manager).  I think I can safely speak for everyone in saying that the most satisfying part by far is checking our bank balance on payday. With that being said, if your job isn’t paying you much, or at all, perhaps it’s time to look for something that will offer you more of what you deserve. Go chase that paper!

By Emma Warner 

Emma is Brit with a love of travel and doing things that are good for the mind, body and soul. She has lived in four different countries (and counting) and can’t stay still for long as she believes there is too much beauty to be discovered in this world of ours. Wellness and self-care are very important to her and is a person of inquisitive nature, striving to be forever learning and exploring.

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