- On September 2, 2019
Before any recession hits, make sure you like your job so you are not stuck with it in the long run! I like this recent Inc. article, which provides a five question checklist on whether to stay or go:
- Are you often filled with dread? If you are consistently having bad days versus one-offs, then that’s quite a sign.
- Would you want your boss’ job? If you would hate his/her job even more (aside from an increased salary), it doesn’t make sense to stay in your job since you’re not motivated to climb to the next rung in the career ladder.
- Does your job negatively impact your life, e.g., your health or relationships? (At one short-lived job I held, I was convinced I had mono because I felt so tired every day.) Does staying at your job incur some big opportunity cost? Does your job conflict with your values?
- Are you stagnating? The mantra of many successful people is to grow and learn continuously. Additionally, studies have shown lifelong learning can lead to living longer (so don’t shorten yours).
- Does your gut say to quit? Don’t discount your intuition and mind’s ability to read patterns.
If you are answering yes to at least three of these five questions, think hard why you are at your job. If you got through college, law school, and training, you can certainly do anything you put your mind to. Get a plan in order, whether it’s to research new jobs, network with people in that space, save more money, or fix up your resume and LinkedIn page. Try to get ahead of any correction in the economy, which will certainly curtail your choices.