It can be! You’ve had a break from the office, you’ve spent time thinking about what’s really important to you and you honestly don’t think you can spend another day doing something you despise. Life’s too short.
On the other hand, your current job provides financial security and depending on which stage of life you’re at, financial security could mean everything.
Before that fresh New Year feeling completely disappears, evaluate your current situation. Setting a few goals and priorities can give you a clear picture of what’s to lose or gain by leaving your current place of employment.
Is this a lifestyle thing?
Are you ready to swap the city commute, 9-5 office job for life on the land? Have you seen the perfect beachside business for sale that you know you can make succeed? If you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit ready to soar, there might not be much job satisfaction working for someone else. But whatever you do, don’t underestimate the passion, motivation and long hours that underpin successful new business ventures.
Did you ever enjoy your current role?
When you first started this job, did you love it? If your current role started out as the dream job, ask yourself what’s going wrong now and what would it take to fix?
Is it a people/person problem?
Sure, there are times when everyone hates their boss. This only becomes unusual if you genuinely loathe your boss ALL THE TIME. Only you can decide if there’s a way around it, but if walking out the door is the only option, just remember to keep things professional and courteous. Your next job might require a reference!
How long can you afford to be out of work?
This can be what it all boils down to. Are you able to plan an exit strategy? Finding a job that’s better than the one you have takes time. If you can afford to take the time to find something perfect, then there’s nothing to lose by leaving a job that just isn’t right for you.
Keep a finger on the pulse.
Whichever decision you make, stay informed. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, subscribe to industry publications, join relevant associations and keep networking! Opportunities, promotions and brilliant ideas have a habit of cropping up when you least expect them – at any time of the year.