When to Leave a Job
To leave, or not to leave?
This was a question I had pondered for more than a year with regards to my last position. I had been considering leaving the job for several reasons. I would like to share some of these reasons, and what eventually lead to my ultimate decision to leave.
- The job was not enjoyable anymore. For me, pay was never the most important thing for me. I believe that public service and work in the public sector is what is best and most rewarding for me. And of course, that doesn't always mean the biggest paychecks.
However, I started to glance at other jobs posted online when I realized that I didn't enjoy my job as much as I used to. Sure, there were many aspects that I still loved and that drew me to the job. After a while, though, I figured that they weren't enough to hold me. I had talked to my supervisor about this and had asked if I could have some responsibilities altered or added, but nothing was done after a whole year.
Leading me to my next point...
- No opportunities for growth. I was happy to work in my previous position for a while because I enjoyed it. I turned toward greener pastures when I realized that I had been doing the exact same thing for several years and there didn't seem to be any prospects for growth. I wanted to broaden my horizons and learn more so that I could rise in my organization, but I had my set responsibilities and that's what worked for the office, not so much for me. A girl's gotta learn, after all.
- Stubborn supervisors. It was hard for me to work for someone who didn't have my interests in mind. Of course I expected that my supervisors' priorities were that things just get done, but I was hoping that some of my needs could be considered at the same time. I was asking for MORE work, after all, and that didn't happen.
- ...Not that kind of work. Well, I did get more work, but not work that would help me grow and learn, but menial tasks that got dumped on me when others left. I read online in trying to make my decision to leave that it's not a good sign when someone leaves or resigns, and instead of hiring someone new, they take their responsibilities and dole them out to the employees who are still left.
- Changing it up. I determined that I cast my sights on newer jobs because I was, well, bored. I wasn't challenged, of course, but I also wanted to see what else was out there. I'm good at what I do, but maybe I am better at something else. The hardest part for me was wanting to be loyal to my employer because they hadn't really done anything wrong, and I would often think of my dad, who worked with the same company for 35 years through thick and thin (mostly thin). I felt like a bad person for leaving, basically, but those I confided in told me not to feel bad and that I had to do what I needed to do.
- Pay. Well, of course it would be better to have more pay. But what got my gall and what was the last straw for me was when I learned that I was making the same as the most junior member of our staff, despite having had more experience and years on the job, more education, and more hours worked each day. I really felt that my employer didn't care whether I was there or not, and then figured out that they did care that I was there... so they could pay less to have more done. I felt taken advantage of.
So there are some of the things I thought about when making my decision. I hope this is helpful for those considering the same thing.
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