You’ve been in your job for a couple of years and you’re starting to get itchy. Should you drop everything and move on or stick it out for a bit longer? This is a dilemma many of us have faced at some point in our careers. We believe it stems from our inherent curiosity. As humans, we are always curious and ready to learn something new so when things become repetitive for quite some time it is natural for us to start getting curious of what else may be out there for us.
Nonetheless, we shouldn’t be irrational with our decisions and give into whims of curiosity. Leaving a job should be well-thought out and most certainly not a reaction to something. When it is time to leave you will feel it is the right time and will not be persuaded otherwise.
Here are some BAD reasons to leave a job:
Your friend leaves
Yes, work is probably way more fun with them around but you are different people on your own paths in life. Your decisions should be made according to your own situation and feelings and certainly not theirs. If you’re still happy and satisfied with your job, do not worry, it’s time to make new friends. You will be ok.
No one will notice if you leave
This may be the case, especially if you work in a huge company. However, if you do leave and no one will notice then it may be a sign that it’s not the right time to leave. Maybe, it’s time to step it up a notch and prove yourself more, so when the day does come for you to leave, people will notice, and that’s how it should be.
There are times and days where no matter your job or position, you may get bored. Repeating the same things over and over can get boring however before giving up so quickly, have you tried to make things more interesting? Ask yourself whether your work is challenging and ultimately satisfying, rather than whether it’s repetitive as if it still is then it may not be the right time to leave but the right time to be creative.
Overtime was required/didn’t like the schedule
If this is the reason you leave a job, please don’t share it with your next employer unless you have a legitimate reason for needing flexitime. If not, it reflects a lazy attitude and unwillingness to give a little extra.
Job too difficult
This isn’t necessarily a reason to leave but a reason to work harder and learn as much as you can to get better at it. Don’t underestimate your brain and your willpower to learn. It is definitely worth giving it your best shot before deciding to give up.