Can I quit my job?
October 4, 2012 6:07 PM Subscribe
Should I quit my job? Much more inside.
posted by anonymous to work & money (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
20+ years in US federal government job. Pays well, is no fun. Been the same grade since 1996, been on dozens of interviews, can't get promoted. Pay freeze plus being out of step increases means I haven't had a raise in three years and may never get another. I'm going backwards and have been for a while.
I have some fatal flaw, I am somewhat out of step with my co-workers. My wife and I are DINKs, everyone else there is mostly married with kids.
It's pretty conservative, the ideal employee is a Catholic elementary school Catholic high school grad who wears a shirt and tie or skirt and blouse to work every day. I like polo shirts and khakis. They talk about their kid's soccer games and real estate taxes, I yawn.
I've basically had four jobs in the 20+ years. I think I'm seen as a plugger, but's it kind of hard to tell. I had a pretty high-vis job from 2000 to 2007 which I really thought would be my stepping stone but nothing happened. The project wound down and I moved on.
I fail every 'be happy at work test.' I don't have a best friend there, no mentor, I mostly stick to myself. I think I'm seen as 'he knows what he's doing but is kind of a pain is the ass/tends to run his mouth' but I can't really be sure.
We have plenty of money. Our house is almost paid off. My mom is close to death and I'll get a few dollars when she goes, my MIL is the same and we'll get a condo worth $150K there.
I don't have some dream career or volunteer gig in mind. I'd like to scale way back, buy a one b/r condo in a seashore community and just walk on the beach.
My only concern is health care, though we are both in excellent health. I'm around 50, my wife is a little older. If I worked I'd like to buy and sell antiques, be a handyman, or mess around with cars.
We could scale way back, sell one car, use less, consume less, travel some and enjoy life a little.
I'd love to just get up from my desk one day and never go back, but I'm a little nervous. I'm sure I'm not cut out for cubicle life and 20+ years of it has left me fried. I'm not the person I used to be. Can I do this?