When it’s the Right Time to Walk Away from a Job?


The beautiful thing about growing up is that we start to learn more about ourselves. We go through trials and tribulations that shape us into the best version of the person we are striving to be. What may have been a perfect situation for you last year may not work for you this year. One thing that many young adults struggle with is finding a career path that they will be happy with for the rest of their lives. According to World Economic Forum, “They’re [Millennials] set to make up a third of the global workforce by 2020 and are expecting to work well into old age, so businesses need to know what millennials look for in a job.” But what happens when you enter a work environment that doesn’t set your soul on fire? At what point should you consider walking away from a job ASAP?

Writer Roger Caras once said, “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.” Life is about the pursuit of happiness, so you have to ask yourself the question, “What makes me happy?” That will have a big influence on the factors that are important to you when thinking about your job. Here is a list of sings that its time to take your talents elsewhere:

  1. It has been years since you have been promoted
  2. There is no room for growth or to learn
  3. You are treated poorly in your work environment
  4. You do not feel stimulated anymore
  5. There is no work life balance
  6. The job no longer aligns with your goals
  7. You are being mentally/physically harassed or abused
  8. Your mental health is being compromised
  9. Your ideas are not being heard or respected
  10. You are financially struggling to maintain yourself

Everyone priorities are different based on where you are in your life, but it is always important to stop and think about where you would like to be in the next 5 years. If the job you currently have is not fulfilling you as a person it may be time to learn a new skill/craft, start a business, travel, go back to school or start over with a new game plan. Whatever it is you decide to do, make sure you make yourself the priority because you have no capability of taking care of others if you cannot take care of yourself first.