ST. CROIX INSIGHTS
When to Leave a Job
BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC
Knowing when to leave a job can be one of the hardest lessons you’ll face in your professional life, especially if you’ve built your career and professional identity with a single employer over many years. But it’s important to recognize when leaving a job is the right decision for you—your career growth, income, and long-term happiness may depend on it.
You might have an exceptional boss but find yourself in a lackluster company, leading you to stay longer than warranted. Conversely, a poor boss can prompt you to exit an otherwise perfect-on-paper position. There may be negative things about your job that you can’t deal with or work around, signaling the need for change.
So, how do you know when to leave a job? The promise of more money can help, but it’s usually not the underlying reason to leave. My life philosophy is simple: Live where you want to live, work where you want to work, because you never know when something will change.
Not every employer, job, or boss will be a good fit for you. Not every situation that’s ideal now will remain the right fit throughout your career. Recognizing when to leave a job is one of the most important aspects of your professional development, and it’s crucial for happiness and career fulfillment.
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