I can't do this job anymore!
October 16, 2009 8:54 AM Subscribe
I don't like my job and I'm tired of trying to like it. I just want to quit but I'm afraid of what will happen if/when I do.
posted by PFL to Work & Money (13 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Requisite long backstory: I've been employed for about 5.5 years at my current company. First 4.5 years were great, then a year ago, amidst some layoffs, I got transferred from a financial analysis role to an accounting role (basically managing the accounting of our business units). I was misled about what exactly I would be doing, but I think that was more due to poor planning than dishonesty. I took on more responsibility, started managing people, etc. but didn't get a raise/promotion or even a title change. I think I was supposed to be happy to keep my job.
I am bored senseless doing this, I'm not very interested in learning what I do, and I don't think I'm very good at it. I've basically been doing the minimum I can do to not get fired. I had the worst performance review of my life during the summer, and my bosses know I'm mentally checked out. I had a very good reputation in my old role, but I'm sure it's taken a good hit amongst my superiors because I obviously don't care. So I wonder how repairable this situation really is even if I start kicking ass.
But I look at what it takes to get ahead in this department, or even do my job at the best of my ability, and I have no desire to do it. I've already talked to my bosses about my unhappiness with the role, and it really went nowhere. There's not much flexibility budget-wise to create a new position (or even my old one), so there's nowhere for me to go.
I have a mortgage, but I have roommates to offset that cost by about 50%. Not counting their income, I have enough in savings to get by for maybe 7-8 months if I live frugally. If times got really desperate I have another $15k in a 401(k) that I could draw from (before penalties). I'm in my mid-late 20s, no kids.
I just need to get out of this situation but I don't know the best way. I don't want to look for another job in this field because I hate it, and I have no idea what else to do. I feel like quitting is the only way to force myself to make a change. I know it's not, but I haven't been helping myself get out of this situation. I feel like a weight will be lifted off my shoulders when I do it. But I'm terrified of being unemployed.
I've read other AskMe's about this. I don't feel like I'm being underpaid that badly, or mistreated, I'm just tired of underperforming at something I hate.
Am I an idiot for quitting? What do I need to think about that I might have overlooked? Should I quit? What have you guys done in this situation?