Should I quit my job?
February 1, 2012 3:12 PM Subscribe
Should I quit my job? I really hate it.
posted by 200burritos to human relations (47 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am in my early 20s and this is my first post-college job. I've been there for a few months, and I cannot stand it. I'm not really performing any of the listed job duties--I'm a skilled technical worker and I'm doing the equivalent of editing word documents. I am not doing what I thought I was hired to do. It's a pretty toxic environment (not my words--I was talking to coworkers about it) where there is really no challenging work. I ask for work and there is nothing. The person who is training me leaves me hanging for days. Today, I was given the task of reading one page in 3.5 hours. I feel like my brain is rotting. I am a hard worker and this is difficult to deal with. I have spoken to my coworkers, and discovered that I have learned and done more than some of them have done in twice or even thrice as much time. It's almost a joke to them; they have told me often that they do little to no work. I would rather be doing useful projects in my field for free than getting paid to do almost nothing. I hate the thought of wasting my precious, limited time on this earth.
I have been accepted to graduate school for the fall. I have enough money to live on and travel on and have oodles left over for the nights that ramen is too much to handle. I have 6 months to go until school starts. There is a definite end to my time at this job, but I just don't know when I should quit. I definitely wouldn't be looking for another job in that time--who would hire somebody that would leave a few months later?? I wouldn't feel ethical lying about it, either.
I'm getting paid really well and I REALLY like all of my coworkers/boss. I don't want to be a flake and let down the people who hired me. My sense of duty is very strong. Should I quit now? Should I put in a few more months? I want to do the right thing, but I also don't want to hate every day. Is it terrible to quit so soon??? I feel awful for wanting to leave this easy, cushy job when so many are struggling to find work, and I don't know what the right answer is.