So You Want to Quit Your Job?

We've all felt it, that overwhelming urge that the hell hole we are engulfed in (that is full time work) is the wrong career/role or company – and we want out.

Okay, so you've been sitting on this for a while now and your work is starting to suffer. You not only care less and less, each day, about what you’re doing but you’re starting to resent it. You think the majority of people you work with are idiots. You feel as if the company you work for is a metaphorical life vampire, squeezing every last drop of energy and happiness you have. So, what should you do?

Well, the first thing you need to do is assess if the career you’re in is one you can see yourself continuing to flourish in for the next 5 years. Because, if the answer is no, and you don’t quite know how you ended up where you are, then you need to get the hell out of there.

But wait – not so fast! I know telling your boss to stick his targets up his arse and giving Carol in Sales the middle finger may seem like a good way to go out, but it’s really not. You've got to be smart about it.

Here’s what you need to do and it’s going to take time:
  • Ask yourself, what are you good at? Everyone is good at something.
  • What do you enjoy in life? Try to avoid the 7 deadly sins, otherwise, you risk getting into murky waters.
  • What do you think you might be good at?
  • What job title could you see yourself blurting out of your mouth and feeling proud about?

Have you got it yet? No… perhaps not. Because these ideas need time to manifest in your head.

Okay, so think about all of these things… write them down. Research each field you’re interested in. What qualifications do I need? What are the salary brackets, I am going to be happy with that? How competitive is it and what skills have I already got that I can transfer?

This is going to take some time… it took me nearly a year and a half of researching and eliminating what paths I could go down and which ones stood out. Once you've settled on something (or several options), you're ready to start planning, almost like a project manager, you need to set yourself goals and reachable targets. Baby steps.

Breath: you won’t have to be in this role for much longer, you just need to focus on your goals. And not let Gary, who’s sat next to you, push you to breaking point when he’s bragging about how much ‘poontang’ he got at the weekend (Oh Gary, you are fooling NO ONE).

So you’ve picked a career that you have no education in whatsoever. You may as well have studied a bull shit degree like Fine Arts because it has no real value and has nothing at all to do with the job you think you’d like to get into to. Don’t let that stop you.

Some things you need to consider at this point:

Further education: A degree or master's in said subject. Can you afford it and is it really going to benefit you? What about online courses? There’s thousands out there (some usually have discount offers on). If a potential employer looks at your CV and sees you have gone out of your way to study a course in a relevant subject with your own money and in your own spare time, they’re going to be impressed and take you more seriously.

Work experience: Okay, so you’re out of university and the window for internships has passed, right? WRONG. Just because you've finished uni and/or have passed your early twenties, does not mean you are not eligible to apply for internships at pertinent companies. Now, here’s the tricky part. Internships, if you are lucky, will pay a small wage. Some places, in more competitive industries, do not pay at all. I was one of those unfortunate souls. But I wouldn't change it for the world, because the experience you gain from it is invaluable and it will get you a step closer to your desired career.

If you choose to go down this route, you’re going to need to accept two things.

1. You’re going to be broke AF. You are going to need some support and a financial plan. Try not to be homeless.

2. You’re going to start from the bottom, again. And you’re going to do work that no one else wants to do. Just be grateful you are there and that they choose you. Do what they ask of you and more, you never know what networking opportunities you can forge.

Apply, apply, apply: By this point, you will have worked out what you need to do to get where you want to be (sort of). Your CV is one of the most important tools in the application process. Look at it as the catalyst for securing interviews. A cracking CV, even if it lacks some experience here and there, will stand out to employees. Learn some tips here. Also, be sure to have your LinkedIn up to date, and start connecting with some relevant people. Message them and ask them questions about their career. The worst thing that can happen is people will say no.

Recruiters: Snakes in the grass. They need you more than you need them, but they will never let you know that. Just be wary. At the end of the day, they see you as a way to earn commission. You are but a figure on their weekly target board. If they present your CV to a client and the client is trying to decide between you and another candidate, but you both have the same experience, the client is likely to choose the other candidate. Why? Because the other candidate won’t cost them a pricey fee should they choose to hire you.

With this being said, the best advice I could give, is to apply directly to the business.

* Make a list of all of the potential companies within a 25 mile radius (or whatever you’re willing to travel to) and make background notes beside each one.

* Go on their website, read about them, research them, and structure an email completely tailored to them. This is really important. No company is going to be interested in you if you’re not interested in them.

* Pick up the phone and call them! The contact email may be on the website, but call them anyway. Explain who you are, why you’re calling, and ask for the relevant manager/person. THEN, email them.

* Repeat.

This is going to take some time. You might be lucky; you may get an interview within days and secure an offer by the end of the week. But, the likelihood is, this is going to be a long and drawn-out process. Don’t feel discouraged. You will get rejected and in turn you will reject them. An interview is a two-way thing, you’re also seeing if this company is going to be the right fit for you.

Be resilient, tenacious, and persevere. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

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