Considering resigning? It's normal. Sometimes, the unhappiness and dissatisfaction about the work or the company is too much, which leads you to want to quit your job. But before you actually leave, here are the things you have to know:
1. Know that your degree or present job can have nothing to do with your next career path.
Think about it: Your desires when you were 16 or 18 can be far different from your desires now that you're in your 20s. But it's okay—better late than never, right? And if you're really good at other things not related to your degree, then that's even better since you now have more options.
2. Know that your resumé doesn't have to be squeaky clean.
Of course you'll look indecisive to potential employers if you can't keep a job for a year. But if you've stayed in a company for a year or two before moving to another one (and staying there for another year or two), you're definitely on a good path.
3. Know that it's okay to feel unhappy with your work, so you really don't have to stick to it if you can't deal with it.
You might have taken your job without really knowing how tough it's going to be, or you now feel undervalued by your company because you're overworked and aren't compensated for it. Those reasons are enough to resign, FYI.
4. Consider the logistics of your potential career option.
Will your next career path make life easier for you? How are the work hours, the commute to the office, and the pay? What can you deal with and what can't you? Convenience is a reasonable factor when making decisions; it is your life after all. Just don't forget that there will be inconveniences and you're going to have to make sacrifices, too.
5. Find out what kind of life you want to have, and find out if staying in your job or having a new one will take you there.
This isn't just about soul-searching or reflecting. You need to ask yourself what your final goal is, so you can start planning how to reach it. You need to do the math (How much are you earning now? How much can you earn if you're working elsewhere? What are the risks?) if you're looking into earning more.
6. Keep your eyes out for opportunities that fit your vision.
Networking is helpful and can take you to places. Engage with your friends and your colleagues. Find out what's out there, how you can be a part of it, and where you can fit.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors.
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