(Closed) Quitting a job–what are your thoughts?

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: When would you quit a job?
    I would only quit if I had another job lined up. : (25 votes)
    40 %
    I would quit if I wanted to, regardless if I had another job lined up. : (4 votes)
    6 %
    I would only quit without another job lined up if there were extreme/extenuating circumstances. : (34 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 2
    1003 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m a firm believer in not quitting a job until you have something else lined up. I was recently in a position with a company where I was not treated fairly and unfortunately I had to stick it out until I found something. With a mortgage and car payments I need an income and I would never want to rely so heavily on my fiancé. 

    Post # 4
    768 posts
    Busy bee

    I had to quit my job last year due to some personal issues that needed my full attention and time. I’ve worked for at least 10 years continuously so being out of work was rather difficult. However, I had to do it because of the aforementioned reasons.

    In a different situation, I would have stayed until I found a better position. It’s a gamble to quit a job and not have something lined up.

    Post # 5
    3239 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I definitely would want to have something lined up first… I hate not having a plan in place.

    Post # 6
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

    I think there are cases when it’s ok to quit a job without another one lined up. A couple years ago a left a decent job because of problems with my coworkers and boss. One coworker never bothered to show up, and the boss and HR didn’t care resulting is way more work for me. Another co worker was having breakdowns on a weekly basis and I started getting so stressed out just thinking about going to work because of her she would throw fits in front of guests treated me as her shrink after I repeatedly told her I couldn’t handle it. Finally the longer I worked there and I guess the more comfortable my boss got around me the more comments I would get about my life choices and periodically my race. Nothing was ever out of line, but it made me feel very uncomfortable. At no point was HR really inclined to do anything and I didn’t think it was healthy for me to stay there so I left.

    Post # 7
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013


    bmo88:  If you can afford it comfortably, sure, but if you can’t keep up with your expenses it’s better to suck it up until another job comes along. In a time when people are downgrading positions because they have no other choice, I can’t imagine someone quitting a job because they “weren’t feeling it”. Yikes!

    Post # 9
    355 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

    I’ve quit jobs without having anything lined up and usually found something else within a week or two. I’m probably an exception, though, and I realize that I’m very lucky to have never been unemployed for any extended period of time. I suppose it depends largely on your field of work, skills, and realistically, whether or not you are willing to take a gamble that you’ll find something better… But no, I don’t believe you should stay somewhere that you know is a dead end just because it “looks better”.

    Post # 10
    11075 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    bmo88: I voted the first option but a few years ago I quit my teaching job as I hated it so much. I didn’t have a job lined up but I knew I’d get some work substitute teaching. Worst thing is I was getting married a year later. I knew it was the wrong thing to do but couldn’t stand it any longer.

    Post # 12
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee

    bmo88:  until a few months ago a would have been ticking the top option… but I’ve just quit a job with nothing to go to. I’ll have been there 6 months when I leave. It was the best decision.  I was extremely miserable and because of the location and nature of the job it was affecting all aspects of mylife. ot wasn’t worth it and I am so much happier even with the worry of not finding something for a while.

    Post # 13
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: Tarp Chapel


    Not only do I have mountains of bills, but I also need to stay under my health isurance through my job. I can’t imagine quitting without something lined up.

    Post # 14
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee

    Mizzbouvier14:  I’d not really thought about how quitting would affect that sort if thing as I’m UK based. It must be quite a worry for a lot of people over there! 

    Post # 15
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Logically speaking I would never leave a job without having something else lined up. But honestly there have been times where I was thisclose to just taking my stuff and going home and never coming back. 

    My thinking brain usually wins out in those situations, but there’s sometimes I get pushed and I honestly could see myself walking out without a backup plan

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