Reasons for Leaving Your Job in the Middle of a Pandemic

I left my job during the pandemic. As entitled as that may sound, there are still tons of people playing with the idea of switching things up this year.

While it’s true that many jobs have been taken away by the virus, the current situation has also allowed new opportunities to come up. Others choose to abstain to take action for various reasons. And some, probably you, are on the fence and can’t decide. To help you out, I’ve listed a few reasons why you might want to quit your job.

Before we get into this list, please take note that these are just based on my personal experience and what I’ve observed from various people in my life.

Salary

If you don’t think you’re being paid you’re worth, see the options available to you. I know that looking for a source of living isn’t the easiest thing (especially during this time), but if you’re working for a company or client that doesn’t even consider increasing your salary or rates at reasonable increments, then you might want to consider finding someone else that treats you like a gem.

To help you mull on this thought a little more, think about your future. I’m not trying to advocate for materialism here, but do you think you’ll be getting the things you dream about with the current trend you’re on? If yes, congratulations! But if not, are you going to keep riding that train?

Growth 

Doing a job not only gives you money but also earns you experience in the field you’re in. That applies to all people in every industry.

When I worked at the bank, I’ve always wanted to get promoted because growth brings more choices (in addition to a higher pay). Nobles who were above the common folk have more exposure to opportunities. However, if the road to knighthood is looking like a mess of politics you’re not willing to join, maybe the next kingdom has different options for peasants like us.

Even athletes are in the same realm. Why do think basketball players like Lebron James and Kevin Durant switch teams so frequently? I don’t want to get into a debate, but at the end of the day, we can all agree that they’re going after (perceived) better opportunities. On the local side of things, did you notice that after a certain news anchor moved to another network, he started having documentaries under his belt?

While loyalty is a valuable trait, just remember that on a human level, YOU are the one making money for yourself. Your clients, the organization you work for, or your customers are replaceable cogs in the machine.

Time

If you’re beginning to grow roots at your workplace to the point of not having time to take care of yourself and your family, imagine how that’s going to look like in the long run. You and the people you love are going to get sick, physically, and emotionally.

For my fellow Filipinos, we always have issues with travel time (not time travel lol). Some of you have three-hour trips from home to the office, and another three to get back. What’s worse is that it’s even longer for others! Imagine the things you could do with six hours. It’s no surprise that many people would trade (some of) their money for more time.

To be fair, all work is stressful and should take time. The perfect balance between work and life, to me, is a myth because one or the other inevitably takes over. (Then does that mean they balance each other out?)

I know some people are quick to fold under the pressure, but others go beyond the point of “enough is enough”. To the former I’d say, read my first and second blog posts instead of this one. To the latter, don’t let your job take your life away from you!

There are other reasons for leaving your job, such as poor employee management, unprofessional behavior in the workplace, or an unhealthy work environment. Some people just recognize their growing lack of passion for the job or realize that they misunderstood the career path they chose and want to pivot.

All of these, and many others, are valid points, but before you start writing your resignation letter, let me give a HUGE DISCLAIMER.

First, before you leave your job, make sure you have a replacement job or another source of income. Unless you’re intentionally trying to take a break, you’re going to want to be sure that you’re going to be employed shortly or at least a decent safety net to keep bringing food to the table until you find a new employer.

Also, quitting your job is NOT the ONLY solution to the issues you currently face. Not everyone has the luxury to quit their jobs. Exhaust all your other options. If you want a better pay rate, more time for the people or things you love, and better growth opportunities, then try talking to management first. Not all bosses are hard to deal with, and even if they are… well, shoot your shot! In my experience, while I didn’t find the growth I wanted, my previous bosses were very open to adjusting my schedule when I asked for one that allows me to be more active with my faith-related activities. You never know what could happen if you just speak your mind at the right time.

Everyone’s got choices, and everyone has unique and complex circumstances in life. We usually don’t choose one or the other but have an array of potential decisions we can make. In my case, one of the reasons I quit my nine to five was that it no longer fit the idea of the life I wanted to have. When I got a job as a writer at a podcast editing agency, I developed a love for writing, but never had the opportunity to explore other opportunities in the space. Because of that (and other reasons) I left that job as well in pursuit of freelancing.

I’m blessed to be in a position where I can take these kinds of risks. As I said, we all have different situations. I’ll admit that I can’t speak for those who don’t have the same privilege. But to anyone who’s reading this, don’t wait until it’s too late.

I don’t have all the answers, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

Your mindset is a big factor in how much of what you want is attainable in your life. If you’re thinking of getting paid for doing nothing, then you’re not going anywhere. Are you looking for an increase in salary but they all offer the same rates? Why not try to find a promotion where you’re at, render overtime hours, or simply git gud at the game? Whatever your idea of success is, it’s going to take a lot of time and effort.

Keep your mind open to different possibilities, like starting your own business, freelancing, or setting up passive income!

[For my Filipino friends]

I might have an opportunity for you, feel free to send me a message if you’re interested. If it doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other suggestions that I can recommend. Knowing the possibilities outside the traditional way of earning is something I wish I knew before. I’m not an expert, nor a successful business owner, but I’d be really happy if I could help other people out, even if I could just show them what’s possible.

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