Deciding to quit a job or commitment can be difficult, scary, and confusing. Get ready to think big and focus on making a decision that's best for you.
Identify Your Career Goals And Values
Brainstorm what your goals and values are right now.
What’s your ideal work situation?
What kind of work do you love to do?
What kinds of projects excite you?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Write that out and save your responses.
Get Clear On Why You’re Conflicted About Quitting
What’s holding you back from making your decision to quit? It helps to make a list of pros (benefits) and cons (drawbacks) about leaving the situation.
Here’s are some prompts to get you started:
✅ "A pro of quitting would be..."
❌ "A con of quitting would be..."
Compare Your Goals To Your Pros/Cons List
Grab the brainstorming you did from Step 1 and compare it to the pros and cons you listed in Step 2.
If the pros of quitting your job or commitment match up with your career goals more than the cons, then it's most likely in your best interest to leave!
Should Maya Quit Her Job?
Maya has been working for a software company for two years. She's made a lot of friends and has been very successful on all of her projects, but she's starting to wonder if it's time to move on.
Here is her career goals brainstorm and her pro/con list. What decision should Maya make?
My Career Goals:
I'd love to own my own business someday and develop mobile apps. I want to be able to make my own schedule. I want to be able to set my own business goals and strategies. I find it really frustrating to have to go along with someone else's ideas if I don't agree with them.
A pro for quitting would be:
I get to start my own business! I'd be my own boss and start making my goals a reality.
A con for quitting would be:
I wouldn't have a steady source of income for a while until I got established.
Should Maya quit her job?