Did you know that quitting your current job is a tactic for career growth? Sometimes, it is the only thing you can do to take the next right step to grow your career.
In episode 99, Ambassador Marcy Grossman talks about how changing jobs grew her career. This is something Marcy and I have in common.
I was in my early thirties when I first became a Director. And before that, I changed jobs a lot. This is partially because I get bored very easily, but it also helped me take on jobs with increasingly more responsibility, better titles, and increased salary. Gone are the days when job hopping could end your career.
But quitting is a big decision, some of the questions to ask yourself before moving on are:
Am I bored? Have I stopped trying at my current job? You are not going to grow if you are not performing well.
How long have I been at my current role? In my industry is that a suitable time period to consider changing employers?
Have you positioned yourself to grow? Are you taking feedback from your manager and turning it into action? Are you taking part in training opposites? These actions will position you for growth at your current job AND position yourself well for future opportunities.
Have you made it clear to your current manager that you want to grow in your position, and are they supportive?
Have you been pigeonholed by your boss, do they see your potential to move to the next role?
Do you know your strengths and weaknesses, in order to pitch yourself for a future role?
Do I have a new job? A good rule is to never quit a job without having a new one. That being said, there are times where this can’t be avoided, e.g. the need to leave a toxic workplace. Or perhaps you have planned ahead for time off to consider your next career steps and direction.
As a side note, I want to add that career growth does not have to be vertical, horizontal moves can help get you to where you want to go too. Also, keep in mind that your current employer is focused on their business, and sometimes your career goals and their business needs do not align, and that may not even be about you.
So next time you are considering what the next right step is for your career growth, consider quitting. Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone, being uncomfortable, and growing requires hard decisions, but those decisions can reveal better opportunities than you could have ever imagined.
To listen to the episode with Ambassador Grossman listen here or search where you listen.
I would love to know your thoughts on this post, let me know in the comments, have you ever quit a job to grow your career?