Quitting a job that sucks

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If you want to see a line of people ready to give you unsolicited advice just say, “I’m quitting my job.” Just having a job isn’t always enough. The wrong job, even in a bad economy when you need the money most, can be a soul-sucking torture that can actually make you sick.

Don’t internalize the struggle of every frustrated job seeker or the advice of every well-meaning friend. When you walk away from the wrong job, do so with self-assurance (and use these 7 key tips for changing careers at any age).

 

Do some soul searching.

First, ask yourself if there’s a way to make your current career work for you: Would you be happier in a smaller (or larger) company? Can you switch to a different department that would bring new challenges? Would learning a new skill help you move to a more interesting position? If the answers are all no, then:

 

Talk to someone knowledgeable in the field.

If possible, tag along for a day to see what the job is like. “Tell everyone you know that you’re thinking of switching careers”.

 

Take a working vacation.

To get a better sense of whether a new field is right for you, try using a week of vacation.. Research local companies or organizations in that field, and then send your top pick a written proposal to work for free for a week, explaining what skills and experience you’ll bring.

 

Choose the perfect program.

If the field feels right, find out which community colleges, universities, vocational schools, or adult education programs in your area offer the training you’ll need. Ask for the school’s career-placement rates and average salary after graduation; then get the names of a few recent grads to call.

 

Don’t quit your day job.

If you need to keep your old salary while training for your new career, its better that you take courses at night or on weekends, or enroll in online courses. The reputation of these programs is growing, especially if they’re offered by brick-and-mortar universities, rather than online-only ones.

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