What you should do is probably nothing right away. Calm down, take the day off if you need to. Relax. Let those emotions wash away for a couple of days. Then evaluate the situation. Don’t do anything immediate, don’t do anything rash. But know that hey, you’ve probably reached a legitimate breaking point and need to move on.
If you’ve worked at some place for less than a year and a half, I don’t really think you have enough data or enough experience with that environment to make that decision very easily and maybe it’s just a matter of it being an uncomfortable set of days in a row or the patterns that you’ve gotten used to just kind of got broken up and you feel out of your element.
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You just have to power through it. I’ve had that before and it’s one of those “Change your mindset and your approach to the daily work” and just give it some time.
But if you’ve legitimately come up with some pretty good reasons on why that you need to leave your job like right now or very soon, because you hate it and can’t stand it and it’s sucking your life away like a soul vampire. Well, it might just be time. But you have to consider whether or not it’s a good move to support you, your family, and basically the whole reason you’re working there in the first place.
If the whole reason you’re working there in the first place is to pay your bills, figure out how long you can go without a job if you just have to quit right now. If you don’t have any savings, any money tucked away that isn’t credit cards by the way, then you cannot make the decision. You cannot leave your job until you have another job lined up.
If you’ve been discreetly interviewing and putting yourself out there and you have another job that is a sure thing, then go for it. What are you waiting for? Even if it’s a little bit less money than what you’re at now but is so much better for your lifestyle, it’s worth it.
But I cannot stress enough that unless you have the money to bring you to the next job, which could be anywhere from three to six months, depending on the industry you’re in and what marketable skills you have, you just need to stay put, tough it out and get prepared for a slow move.
Build up the skills you have now, put yourself out there, maybe even work with some recruiters, get some networking going and then slowly, smartly, strategically approach a career change and fight off that deep down urge to make a rash decision based on your emotions. Separate your emotions from the facts of needing to support yourself and you’ll be able to make a much better decision.
Get your numbers straight. Get yourself out there. Network. Find yourself a way to a new position first and then nicely, calmly, without burning any bridges, make that transition and it won’t be that big of a deal any more.
Do it right. You deserve it. Jobs were made for men, men were not made for jobs. I mean women too, of course. That’s just another thing that we do to help people out in the world and to pay our bills. Don’t let it get to you. Work on it. Good luck.