I hate my job. Should I quit?

I hate my job. Should I quit?

It can happen to us all: the alarm goes off and you realise you really don’t feel like going into work today. But if you can’t remember the last time you didn’t wake up thinking 'I hate my job', it's time to stop and try to figure out what’s gone wrong. Will you ever fall in love with your job again – or is it time to depart for pastures new?

It’s not just you – recent studies have shown that 24% of millennials hate their jobs, with a hefty 66% admitting that they’re hankering for a career change. But stop and think before you throw in the towel: there’s lots to weigh up before you put your livelihood on the line.

Leaving your current workplace may affect your financial situation and your future employability. We discuss whether it’s time to take action just yet, and some of the measures you can take to improve things where you are – plus why, if you do decide to quit, it’s best to do so on good terms.

So, should I quit my job?

It’s a big question. Firstly, look at why you’re thinking of quitting. For example, do you enjoy the actual work but find the pay or conditions – or even your colleagues or boss – hard to handle? And if so, could anything be improved through tactful negotiation? If not, it's time to start skimming the job ads to see what else is on offer in your industry. Why not start right here on Monster? If you fancy a move to a specific organisation, a good first step is to look at the careers section of their website.

Look before you leap

Alternatively, have you got itchy feet because you’re in the wrong line of work? It’s never too late to change tracks, but do your homework first. Do you know what you want to do instead? If your answer is "anything but this", you’ll need to do some research. Taking a career test, or reading a job-hunting guide will help you gather some ideas. It’s also wise to think about how your age and life circumstances might affect your master plan.

Do your sums

If there’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing, now’s the perfect time to explore things a little further. It’s important to be realistic – are you and your dream job a good potential fit, and will you be able to get the training you need? Make sure you can afford to go for it, too: you may have to start at the bottom in your new profession. This could mean a pay cut, so do your sums carefully. This is even more important if you’re planning to go self-employed – you'll need to factor in costs such as equipment and internet if you're working from home.

Leave on good terms

You never know when you might need a good reference. When you hand in your notice, resist the temptation to make any suggestions as to where your current boss can stick his or her job. It’s also important to keep putting in 100% effort during your last weeks or months – you’re still getting paid to be there, remember. That way you can leave on good terms, with a shiny new job to look forward to (and hopefully a good leaving present too).