I'm Gone: What to Consider if You're Thinking About Quitting Your Job

A video produced by now former video journalist Marina Shifrin, which she used to announce to her bosses that she was quitting her job, has gone viral this week, and it highlights the career indecision and uncertainty many people are facing in today's market.

Shifrin's dance-filled, subtitled diatribe, done to the backing of Kanye West's hit, "I'm Gone," explains why she decided to quit, including her assertion that for nearly two years she's sacrificed her relationships, time and energy for the job. It's a feeling a lot of people share these days, and it has led many of them to reconsider their career path.

Occupational dissatisfaction
Despite an unemployment rate that has remained above 7 percent ever since the recession set in after the housing collapse of 2008, approximately 2 million workers in the U.S. quit their jobs every month. That number, in the face of the current economic environment, speaks to widespread dissatisfaction in the workplace.

Whether it's due to issues with a boss, internal politics or a lack of career advancement, people are increasingly finding that changing careers or going back to school for an advanced degree is a preferable option to continuing in their current occupation.

What to consider if you want to quit your job
If you're one of the many Americans who is considering quitting their job in favor of another pursuit, there are many factors you'll want to take into consideration:

  • Do you have a nest egg set up to hold you over while you look for another job or apply to schools?
  • What, exactly, would you like to do instead of your current occupation?
  • Will you be able to find another job that you find more satisfying?

Those are just a few of the questions you'll want to ask yourself. It would also probably serve you well to seek out career advice either from someone in the industry you're currently in, or who works in one you are considering transitioning into.

What to do if you've made up your mind to quit your job
If you've already decided that quitting is the right option for you, it's important to go about it in a respectful and civilized manner. You don't want to burn any bridges, because you never know when you might cross paths with your co-workers again. In the meantime, research every option available to you.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. To find out more about WGU's online degree programs, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers.

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