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Is quitting my job a good idea?

I left university with a decent degree in a scientific subject and got a job working in a related field in a hospital (I'm in Britain, so with the NHS) afterwards. I wasn't sure if this was the career I wanted so I decided to give myself a year to try it out. With the lease on my flat running out, I've realised the year is up, and now I'm starting to seriously question whether this is what I want to be doing, and whether it's worth finding another flat, or if it's better to quit this and try my hand at something else - maybe a PhD or a medicine conversion course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Me--planning to quit job. Work--planning grant funded projects for me.

[For folks that work in the non-profit sector] I feel at a loss for what to do. I work for a non-profit that I have been planning to leave for some time. I am taking the GRE this month, applying to schools and even applying for school-compatible part time jobs. At the same time, my non-profit is trying to pull itself out of a budget hole by applying for a multitude of grants. Most of the deliverables are things that I am supposed to deliver and the only other person left to deliver would be my immediate supervisor. I like my supervisor and don't know how she would even get all the work done if I left. My work would not be easily transferred to a new hire. I feel overcome with guilt as each new grant proposal goes out the door because I'm not planning on being around to do this work. I know it would be really dumb to say that before I have an offer in hand for school or a new job. What is the right thing to do? Should I let them build their plans around me when I'm not sure I'll be around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Better to quit my job or get fired? Restaurant edition.

I'm afraid I might be fired soon, but want to stay in the restaurant industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I quit my current job?

Should I quit my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Quitting Grad School without a M.S.

Should I quit grad school? Or would it be "the worst mistake of my life" as many feel and/or have told me. Should I suck it up/grow up? Or is it as bad as it seems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 28 answers

Good job, fork grabber. Try not to cry on your pasta.

My clinical depression is getting worse and I think I need to quit my job, but really need the income. I'm in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 - 16 answers

How Do I Quit Working For A Friend and Stay Friends

How do I tell a friend I can't work as much for them anymore without really harming the friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Getting Through a Stressful Termination or Discharge

How to get through a stressful long-term discharge or termination from work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

I want out.

Leaving my new job after less than a year. Or at least, really want to. How will this look to potential recruiters? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me come up with a quitting-smoking Plan B

So I kind of made up my mind a few days ago to quit smoking via the Wellbutrin/Zyban method. But now I can't get a Doctor's appointment until Feb 8 and I'm already losing my resolve! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 25 answers

support to quit smoking

How can my SO help while I quit smoking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I quit or let them fire me?

I got a job six months ago as a technical recruiter for a third-party contractor whose field techs replace parts for warranty customers. It's a family business with about a dozen employees in the office. Things are hinky there. Please help me understand what's going on and make a decision. Sorry, but it's very long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me be clear on whether I'm grass-is-greening, or if its time to move on from my job.

I feel like I'm in career purgatory, and it's a windowless, stuffy call center. I also don't want to throw away over 2 years of tenure and wonder if I should just learn to deal. TL;DR details and out-loud thinking inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 - 15 answers

Should I stay (quiet), or should I go (and blow it all)?

I'm moving to Japan no matter what, but should I tell my current employer sooner rather than later that I have decided to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Trying to quit my job is harder than I thought it would be.

Please give me advice on a sticky job resignation issue. My manager did not accept my resignation date, and then things got complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 - 45 answers

Ethics of leaving a college teaching job near the start of the semester?

I agreed to take a teaching job at certain community college, and now, just two weeks away from the beginning of the semester, it looks like a much better job is about to come through for me. What are the ethical considerations of backing out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I quit my job?

I am terrible at quitting jobs. Please walk me through how I can actually quit, frame my quitting, and how to act in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Baby, I was wrong and I've changed. Take me back, please!

Is it possible to kiss and make up with a job I quit 2 years ago? What's the best way to go about trying to get hired for a position at a company that I left in the past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Quitting a toxic work environment

How to quit a job when the company is small and the boss unstable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 - 41 answers

Would quitting my job help more than hurt

I'm thinking about quitting my job, not because I hate it (in fact I love what I'm doing). I would quit to take time to rest and recover. The questions: Are the consequences worth it, or should I treat this as an impulsive escape fantasy? Tried this yourself? Did you have the positive outcomes you had hoped for? Any suggestions or insight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2010 - 29 answers

How do I feel OK about quitting my job when I never intended to stay in the first place?

Anxiety Filter: I took this job knowing that I would have to leave it after only a few months. Now I must give notice, and I feel overwhelmed with anxiety about it. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Quit vs fired?

Should my friend quit before they are fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Should I quit Americorps?

I am currently an Americorps VISTA member and I do not like my assignment. This is a year-long commitment, and I have @7 months left to serve. VISTA members work full-time but are paid very little because the position is kind of a cross between a volunteer position and a job. The reason for taking a VISTA position, therefore, is not the pay, but rather the job experience and the opportunity to do meaningful work to help the poor. Unfortunately, I am not getting much of that experience or doing much of that work, and I am disrespected to boot. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 - 20 answers

It's not you it's me (but you really)

I have an annual review coming up at work, but I'm looking for another job - what to say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 - 15 answers

What to do about my excruciating work situation?

What are the best strategies for my current work situation? Question relates to disability, unemployment, and illegal activities (not mine). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Peace out, I'm going on vacation

Is it ethical/okay/kosher/acceptable to give two weeks notice prior to a week and a half of prior scheduled vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2009 - 21 answers

Help a secret smoker quit for good, and stop lying

Stopping an intermittent secret cigarette habit that I lie about to my wife. How do I control my intermittent smoking problem, and how do I placate my wife who won't let me talk to her about it? Longer explanation below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 - 28 answers

My time is worth more than this.

Workfilter: My small company has cut benefits and pay, closed my office and given my peers promotions without raises. They've also taught me everything I know. How loyal should I be to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2009 - 15 answers

How to politely fire a client?

How to politely fire a client? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 - 18 answers

I got a new boss and my previously near-perfect job has changed significantly (in a bad way). Should I quit?

I've been at my tiny non-profit for over three years. Last summer I got a new boss who's changed the workplace from a fairly egalitarian, self-managed environment to an autocratic, micro-managed one. For instance, I used to have a modicum of creative control over the media and newsletter I produced and now I have none. Folks keep saying I should talk to her but she's very dominant and she informed me the first week she came on the job that she's a micro-manager. I'm not paid well enough to stay if I'm not enjoying myself, but I am highly invested in the people we serve and keep imagining that maybe I'll adjust and she'll chill and we'll be able to go back to "the way it was". Am I hoping against hope? Anyone been to the other side?
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 - 17 answers

How can I quit?

Where to go from here? I feel crazy to consider quitting my job in this market environment, but I'm going crazy sticking with it. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2009 - 17 answers

How to switch companies?

Controversial Job Change: Family business broke up, 1/2 the family left current company to start competing business. Considering the bad blood, how do I make a switch to the other team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Is my employer legally obligated to compensate for unused vacaction when I quit (in British Columbia)?

Leaving a job in British Columbia soon with two weeks unused vacation. Is my employer legally obligated to compensate me for this time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2008 - 8 answers

I want to quit my frustrating job and become a shareware developer - will this work?

My job is boring and frustrating. I worry I'm wasting my life. I want to quit and write shareware for a living. Is this a sane idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2008 - 34 answers

How do I get a new job ASAP?

So I just quit my job at the local cookie cutter super book store (think Barnes and Noble... except not). How do I get a new job pronto and make rent this month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I gracefully quit this job?

I need help with formatting a resignation letter. It's a bit complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2007 - 17 answers

Will I get paid if I leave today?

I took a temporary night job that I thought would be easy. I worked 2 nights, but quickly found it is horrible. Specifically it involves a lot of manual labor that I wasn't expecting and I am in pain and too exhausted to work my day job. I want to quit now and save my body, rather than give my two weeks. I don't care about the reference, but will I see a paycheck in the mail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Quitters never win?

I'm about to resign from my job. The problem is I only started two months ago. How do I break the news? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2007 - 13 answers

How do you quit your job when your boss is out of town?

I desperately want to quit my job. Right now. Unfortunately, this is complicated by the fact that my boss is going to be out of the country for more than a month... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2007 - 21 answers

How do I quit my job in such a way that I still collect upcoming bonus?

I am on the verge of leaving my job at a large game company (the largest) in order to start work elsewhere. Our annual bonus (based on company performance over the last year, expected to be quite good this year) isn't issued till June 1st. I am wondering-- if I give notice and leave before June 1st, am I still entitled to this bonus? How can I find out without potentially spilling the beans that I'm leaving? (I haven't told my manager yet.) Also, if I give 2 weeks notice in such a way that my last day is after June 1st, can the company terminate me in less than 2 weeks so that I don't get my bonus? (In other words if I want to be absolutely sure of collecting my bonus, would it be safest to not give notice at all until June 1st? Assuming I can delay my start date at the new place that long...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2007 - 31 answers

Why did I quit my job?

I walked out on my job, what do I tell future employers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2006 - 21 answers

Why can't they just leave well enough alone?

Can I get unemployment in MN if my job just plain old stinks? The good ol' corporate reorg has gone down yet again and I may be working on something I really hate. If this is the case, I'm trying to figure out my options... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Is it wrong to quit a new job if another offer comes through?

Is it wrong to quit a new job if another offer comes through? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I tell people I quit my job and don't have another lined up?

So. I quit my job. What do I tell people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2005 - 20 answers

Help a pregnant chainsmoker quit.

Pregnant chainsmoker. I just found out that there's a baby onboard and will see my doctor next week, I'm probably only 3 weeks. As soon as I knew I put my cigarettes down, but now a few days later I really, really want to smoke. Any suggestions that don't involve nicotine patches that may help me stay off the cancer-sticks?
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2005 - 25 answers

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