5 questions to ask yourself before changing jobs

We're all been there, you start to dread the Sunday nights and feel like Monday mornings are just God's way to punish you for all the wine you drank on Friday. I know that feeling, I've been there. But before entering the conference room on Monday and saying "I'm OUT!" ask yourself these questions.  

1. What's the main source of frustration? 

Can you pinpoint what's making you unhappy? Is it a terrible boss? Are you feeling burnout? Quitting is a big decision so make sure you do so because you can't repair the situation, if you have an abussive boss, a bullish environment, there's no reason for you to stay. Give it some time, find a different project if you're missing a creative outlet. Offer to work with a different team so you change your day to day. 

2. What are your career and life goals? 

I took jobs because of the brand name because I loved a product, but it didn't align with my ultimate goals. What are your priorities? What is it that you want and how much do you want it? Answering these questions will shed some light on your future. For example, I am an attorney, and work in marketing and, my career change included going back to school to get my masters and starting from the ground up. 

 

3. Are you covered for a few months? 

Quitting without a backup plan is costly, of course, if you find a new role and a better offer you'll be okay. You need to be prepared because life is expensive. Experts recommend to have 3-6 months of life expenses in a savings account {if you're anything like me you probably have like $23 saved} This might be the right time for a side hustle and to cut back on your Starbucks latte. 

 

4. Where do you want to go next? 

Can you pinpoint what's making you unhappy? Is it a terrible boss? Are you feeling burnout? Quitting is a big decision so make sure you do so because you can't repair the situation, if you have an abusive boss, a bullish environment, there's no reason for you to stay. Give it some time, find a different project if you're missing a creative outlet. Offer to work with a different team, so you change your day to day. 

5. Are you ready to do this and maybe burn some bridges? 

Quitting your job isn't something that should take lightly, you deserve a great job that makes you happy and where you feel valued. But sometimes things don't go as planned and you need to leave and don't look back, think about that, be clear and concise in your exit interview and, if you documented the offenses of that jerk boss of you, share them.