5 Reasons Why You Should Leave Your Job

Agony Aunt 19 Mar 2013
5 Reasons Why You Should Leave Your Job

There are many reasons why people choose the jobs they have and there are just as many reasons why they continue working in them without exploring other opportunities. Maintaining a job for most is very important as it provides an income and therefore a ‘life support system’. But, sometimes it’s important to look at the job you currently have and asses if there are any reasons why you should leave. The most important decision to make is about you and your career path. If you’re not happy about one of those two major factors then it might well be a good idea to look at your options and see where you could change things for the better.

Today we are going to look at 5 Reasons Why You Should Leave Your Job and how these factors could help to determine the rest of your (working) life.

5 Reasons Why You Should Leave Your Job

1. To find a new, exciting challenge

Exciting Challenges

5 years is now the normal amount of time people spend in any one job but that is a long time doing the same thing.  If you need more responsibility or seek opportunities that aren’t available for you in your current organisation and have the feeling that you could do your job standing on your head  then perhaps it is time to move on.  If you want to succeed in life you have to keep pushing to the next level; to be constantly challenged is to continually grow.

2. Empowerment


According to the CMOE (Center for Management and Organisation Effectiveness) 43% of middle managers feel like they do all of the work but get none of the credit.  If you feel like this and are fed up of your boss taking all of the credit for your hard work then find somewhere that does.  Not only will it give you a sense of empowerment but will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are in control of your own destiny.  It is important to remember that if you don’t tell people how capable you are no one else will.

3. Change in circumstance

Bigger House

Our lives never stay static and neither should our jobs.  Unless you do a job that fulfills you in every sense and is your dream job then ultimately a job is a means to an end.  That end that may be a full social life, a luxury holiday, a yacht, a bigger house or education for your children so if the job no longer allows you to live a full life and achieve your personal goals then it is time to move on.

4. Enjoyment


Life is for living.  If you are stuck in a job when every day your heart sinks just at the thought of getting out of bed then something is wrong.  Yes, not all jobs are fun all of the time but people always succeed in jobs they enjoy. Don’t expect to get promoted or reach the top level of management if everyday you think ‘what a bore’, your attitude will be very evident to everyone else – find something that excites you, makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and soon new opportunities will find you.

5. Relocation


A new challenge can often be found in a new city, with a new culture and a fresh sense of adventure.  Finding work in a different city will give you a clear perspective, change your routine and give you a sense of energy, motivation and focus that you would otherwise lack.

If you are planning on leaving then make sure you don’t burn any bridges and leave your old company on a high.

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About the author


Emma is the Senior Relationship Manager at Career Intelligence. She is also the Agony Aunt for the Career Intelligence blog, helping with any questions or issues that expatriates moving abroad may have.

One Comment

  1. lawrence ndirangu
    April 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

    very encouraging remarks.thanks for learning more on this.