Should I Change Jobs? The Best and Worst Reasons to Quit

Should I Change Jobs? The Best and Worst Reasons to Quit


Are you unhappy in work? Dr Annie McKee thinks she knows why. She says that employees embody the following three myths when working:

1. Work has to be exhausting

2. Our feelings about work don’t matter

3. We cannot ask for anything more from work. 

Basically, we subconsciously believe we’re supposed to be miserable. It's no surprise, then, that 24% of millennials despise their jobs and constantly ask themselves "should I change jobs?"


Well we’re here to tell you… maybe. The decision to change careers isn’t easy, so this article looks at when you should and shouldn’t quit your job.



1. When should I change jobs?

- When you're not rewarded for the work you do

- When there's no room for progression

- When your skillset isn't stretched

- When the job is unsustainable

- When you're overqualified

- When you're no longer passionate


2. When shouldn't I change jobs?

- When you're not paid enough

- When you don't like your co-workers

- As a reaction to something that goes wrong

- If there are few short-term benefits


3. Helpful tips on deciding if you should change careers



1. When should I change jobs?


you should change jobs when you're not rewarded for the work you do

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When you're not rewarded for the work you do

Do you do twice as much work as other co-workers in your office but you’re not thanked or appreciated for it? When hard-workers’ efforts aren’t realised, they will begin to feel demoralised and unappreciated. They will put in less effort and begin searching for a new career.


When there's no room for progression

When you first started your job, everything was great. Your skills and abilities were matched perfectly, and you had opportunities to develop. Two years down the line, however, and you’re still punching out the same monotonous tasks. When there is no scope for progression, we recommend looking for a job that will allow you to improve your skills and take on new responsibilities.



when your skillset isn't stretched - consider changing jobs

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When your skillset isn't stretched

The ideal job is one that fulfils an individual, allows them to showcase their abilities, and provides them with the opportunity to learn something new. When your skills are not utilised and/or the role doesn’t allow you to develop, the last resort is a change of career. First, though, investigate if there are opportunities for in-house or company-funded courses you can attend - this could be anything from a one-day course to apprenticeship schemes.


When the job is unsustainable

It’s good to be busy at work, it prevents a lazy work ethic and means more can be accomplished. However, a consistently stressful job is bad in the long run. Extended physical, mental or emotional strain can make an employee resent what they do, and as a result, they may become reluctant to come to work. In this case, you should answer “yes” to the question of “should I change jobs?” Be careful for jobs that are unstable, too. Many cases show, for instance, that women who go into maternity leave aren't guaranteed to keep their jobs when they return!


when you're overqualified, consider changing your job

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When you're overqualified

Often a job will be the result of applying for anything you can get. Yes, this pays bills. But when your skillset and experiences surpass your current job, it’s definitely worth looking for something more suitable. Make sure that you find a replacement before a job change, though.


When you're no longer passionate

You’re only going to succeed if you put everything in to what you do. If that starts to falter, it may be a good opportunity to think about what you really want to do and pursue what you’re really interested in. If you don’t, you could find yourself continuously wondering if there is something better out there.


2. When shouldn't I change jobs?

When you're not paid enough

It’s not surprising that people choose money over happiness - money is indispensable. However, it’s important to stress the necessity of sticking to your career path. Unless it will create financial issues, The Knowledge Academy strongly suggest focusing on a job that you enjoy as opposed to one that offers more money. Doing what you love will mean you are better off in the long-run. 


Don't quit your job just because you had an argument with your co-workers

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When you don't like your co-workers

Like most office-related environments, there will always be someone you don’t get along with. Maybe there have been a few disagreements that made you wonder “should I change jobs?” Quitting your job is not the most sensible solution. At the end of the day, you’re here to work. You should try to resolve the issue first, as opposed to resigning reactively.


As a reaction to something that goes wrong

It’s natural to make mistakes. What isn’t natural is resigning because of it. Some people misinterpret the emotions they feel when something goes wrong as a sign that they don’t enjoy their job. If mistakes continually happen, then yes, perhaps you’re not cut out for the job. But a couple of mistakes are natural and part of the learning and development process.


If there are few short-term benefits

Lou Adler at LinkedIn claims too many prospective employees focus on the short-term benefits offered by a job role. When they discover that their long-terms goals aren’t going to be met, working life can become a “vicious cycle of dissatisfaction, underperformance and turnover”.


job-seeker's grid


As the above diagram depicts, to fully assess your situation you should consider both extrinsic and intrinsic aspects to a job role. “When the intrinsic negatives outweigh the positives” is when Lou recommends a change should be made.


3. Helpful tips on deciding if you should change careers


helpful tips

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Now that you know when you should and shouldn’t leave your job, these helpful pointers will help you when weighing up your current situation:

  • Understand the difference between a 'job' and a 'career' - some problems can be solved by doing the same job somewhere else, whereas some require more complex career changes.

  • Take time to think about your passion:

  • Don’t accept an offer based on your desire to leave your current job – you may not have researched the prospective job enough to know it’s the right move to make.

  • Excel in interviews to find out as much as possible about the company. In the interview you should:

    • Ask questions that shed light on more specific details of the company – it might seem intrusive, but it is an effective way to assess if the job suits you. After all, there are many unusual interview and hiring techniques used nowadays!

    • Present yourself through what you can give, not what you want from the employer.

  • Don’t let emotions dictate your decisions – you may end up quitting your job when there were several simpler solutions available.

  • It’s never too late to succeed – so long as you have the drive and determination, anyone can make it.


We hope this has helped you to assess more sensible options before saying “yes” to “should I change jobs?”. And if not, that you quit your job for the right reasons and at the right time. We hope you can pursue your dreams and realise your potential!


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