Anyone that’s been reading my blog will know that I recently quit my full-time office job. No, it wasn’t an easy decision to make, but yes, I feel a lot better now that I have. It had gotten to the point where I didn’t feel like I was really accomplishing what I wanted to other than making money and that didn’t seem like enough motivation to stay. At a certain point, I think we all want something more to work for and I decided that it was the right time to start looking for that something. I know there are many people out there like me who are having a hard time deciding on whether they should leave a job they aren’t passionate about so I decided to create a list of a few things those people should know before they make the leap. These points are all from my own perspective and experience, but also what I would have wanted to be told when I was making me decision.
there are other jobs
There are other jobs. It may not seem that way at first, and they may not be exactly what you want to do, but they will give you the monetary compensation you need while you work toward your passion. If what you’re currently doing is only causing you stress and anxiety, then it should go unstated that if you feel financially secure enough to leave then you should. Yes, it will take a bit of time to find a new job, but it’s not impossible and the opportunity to sit down and job hunt again will really put your job desires into perspective. Maybe you enjoy working in customer facing roles more than an independent office environment. It’s important to know that you are allowed to choose whatever path interests you despite what others may think about it.
have a plan
I had 3 months before leaving my job to really conclude that this was a step I wanted to take and to formulate a plan for the immediate future. I decided that I was going to give myself a month where I focused on creating a lot of content for my blog as a way to build a writing portfolio before I began looking for a new job. Of course, I made sure my finances were in order so that I was able to do that with peace of mind, but once I knew they were it was quite inspiring and motivational to give myself a set amount of time to work towards a goal.
I would recommend that anyone thinking of leaving their job should take some time to outline what they will be doing once they leave it and if that time will be used constructively. I won’t lie, it’s been great not working, but I never considered that I wouldn’t go back to working life soon. This break just gave me the time to really think about where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do in the upcoming years.
I know you’re probably biting your nails just reading this post, but I promise it’s not as scary as it seems. If anything, you’ll feel much more relieved once you take the initiative to follow your passion rather than staying stagnant in a position you don’t enjoy. My mental and physical health has really improved since my decision and it’s because I chose to be happy rather than living in the fear of the “what if”. If you know your finances are in order and you’ve formulated a plan then things will fall into place and you will feel much more attuned to your desires instead of your fears.
Have you made a career change or thinking about it? What have you struggled with the most?