4 Reasons to Say Goodbye to Your Day Job

Back in 2015, I was fresh out of graduate school and looking for my first real job. Like many people in my age/education range, I had racked up a ton of student loan debt and needed to find some form of employment quickly before the bills came due. During one of the final days of my internship, my supervisor came in my office and asked if I wanted a job with the company. The catch was I only had two days to respond. This time frame eliminated any chance of my researching companies whose missions were more in line with my values and future plans. I was at a crossroads. I had to choose between a guaranteed job that I knew was not right for me or potentially looking for a job for an extended period of time. Under duress, I signed the contract and cried all the way home after. I stayed at that job for two miserable years, three if you count the year I was there as a student. I am not sure I have ever felt so free again as I did the last time I walked out of that clinic, got in my car, and drove away.

The middle of a pandemic might seem like the exact opposite of a good time to leave your day job, but the reality is quite the opposite. The pandemic has forced workers out of their corporate offices and into their home offices in droves. This time away from the day to day grind of the office environment has given many workers the opportunity to take a step back and re-evaluate their job situation and some aren’t liking what they have found. If any of the following items apply to you, it might be time to head over to Linked In and update that profile of yours.

If you found yourself identifying with the items above, know you are not alone. According to Forbes, 53% of Americans (over half the population) are unhappy with their jobs. Luckily, you have a choice. Know you do not have to stay in a position where you are not being treated with the respect that you deserve. You simply have to take action and put yourself out there. Decide what you want and go get it. If you want another job in your field, update your Linked In and start reaching out to your professional connections. Let them know you are looking for a new opportunity. Alternatively, if you want a change altogether, think about taking your transferrable skills and starting your own business. The only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself. Don’t limit yourself to a job that depletes you, you deserve so much more than that.



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Dr. Sarah Lyall-Neal

Sarah Lyall-Neal, Clinical Psychologist, wife, dog mom, and writer. I write about mental health, health, nutrition, and writing. sarahelyall@gmail.com ❤️