When is the right time to resign from a job you feel loyalty to but currently hate?
July 4, 2010 3:03 PM Subscribe
When is the right time to quit a job you feel loyalty to but currently hate? I'm a programmer in the video games industry, I can afford to do so, I want very badly want to work somewhere else, and I have a hard time looking for work while pretending to be a good employee.
posted by JZig to work & money (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been employed as a programmer (but heavily involved in the creative direction of a the projects) by the same game studio for the last 5 years, and it's very clearly time for me to move on. Several of my closest friends at work have left for other jobs recently, I have no confidence in the future direction of the company, and I've grown increasingly cynical. Many people are just fine with drawing a steady paycheck, but I'm the kind of person who needs to be passionate about my work to be a happy person.
I've been half-heartedly looking for new work for the last 6 months, but I find it difficult to schedule on-site interviews and such while pretending to still care about my work. I think it's hurt several of my job interviews as well, as my irritation with my current job situation has come out and made me more negative then I would like. I think my current job is stopping me from getting new ones.
Has anyone been in a situation similar to this before in a semi-creative field? I don't have any real personal attachments locally, I've been saving money for a situation like this, I can easily go 6 months between jobs, and I don't think I can live with myself for any longer if I'm working at a job I hate. When is the right time to quit a job you hate, even if you don't have anything else lined up? If I were to do so, what makes sense? I don't have access to health care any other way, so I am thinking of paying for COBRA for a few months, which is expensive but probably a good idea.