Unhappy with work? It happens to many of us especially when things go wrong on the job (what more when it's your fault) and when you get really stressed. But as we've said before, stress isn't always a bad thing since it can make you realize what you value most (like your job) and motivate you to work better. For some of us, though, the thought of resigning is always present. The unhappiness or the dissatisfaction about the work or the company is too much, and the desire for something else—whether or not you know what you really want in life—is off the roof as well. So here are the things you have to do before you decide to leave, which can actually take you to another job:
1. Know that your degree or present job can have nothing to do with your next career path.
This is especially true when you remember why you studied what you did, what you've always been passionate about, what you want now, and what kind of life you want to be living in the long run. Some of us took up a college degree our parents wanted us to take; some of us took up something we had wanted, but are only realizing now that that was just a phase after all. Think about it: Your desires when you were 16, 17, or 18 can be far different from your desires now that you're in your 20s because you know more things now than you did five or more years ago. But that's okay—even the late realizations (better late than never, right?).
And if you're really good at other things not related to your degree, then all the better. More options for you!
2. Know that your resumé doesn't have to be squeaky clean.
Of course you'll look bad and indecisive to potential employers if you can't keep a job for a year. But if you've stayed in a company for a year or two before moving to another one (and staying there for another year or two), you're definitely on a good path. Not to mention the more profitable one, because you'll earn less in your lifetime by at least 50 percent if you stay in the same company for more than two years.
3. Know that it's okay to feel unhappy with your work, so you really don't have to stick to it if you can't deal with it.
You might have taken your job without really knowing how tough it's going to be, or you now feel undervalued by your company because you're overworked and aren't compensated for it. Those are reasons enough to resign, FYI.
4. Consider the logistics of your potential career option.
Will your next career path make life easier for you? How are the work hours this time? The commute to the office? And the pay? What can you deal with and what can't you? Convenience is a reasonable factor when making decisions; it is your life after all. Just don't forget that there will be inconveniences and you're going to have to make sacrifices, too.
5. Find out what kind of life you want to have, and find out if staying in your job or having a new one will take you there.
This isn't just about soul-searching or reflecting. You need to ask yourself what your final goal is, so you can start planning how to reach it. Which is to say you need to do the math (How much are you earning now? How much can you earn if you're working elsewhere? What are the risks?) if you're looking into becoming richer or wealthier.
6. Keep your eyes out for opportunities that fit your vision.
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