Throughout my career in the public and private sector, I’ve quit jobs several times. A few of these quits did not include a Plan B. But hey, after learning the hard way how to quit a career, I can now provide strategic tips for your next career pivot.
My decision to leave without another job lined up may have seemed irrational on the surface. I had a mortgage and other monthly bills to pay.
But I was so burned out from workplace politics that it was tough to see beyond the day-to-day office drama. I needed to clean break in order to plan by next steps.
Yet, things panned out well. Not according to plan but still it all worked out. Despite months of unemployment, I was able to use that time to heal and gain clarity on what I wanted out of my work life.
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However, I would not recommend that route to everyone. Being strategic with your quit is critical for eliminating unnecessary financial pressure and emotional stress.
With hindsight being 20/20, I learned how to quit better. Here are my top 3 tips on how to quit your job in order to transition to your dream career.
1. Don’t run away FROM something. Run TO something.
You don’t need to have a Plan B mapped out with precision but at least have a road map to work off of. When I was focused on running away from office politics, I didn’t have any focus on what I wanted to run too. What I should have done was channel my energy on what I wanted to run towards.
For instance, if your intention is to get away as fast as possible from a bad boss, that’s fine as a motivator. But add direction to your motivational drive.
Otherwise, you could be spinning your wheels and wasting energy trying to figure out what’s next while unemployed (Exhibit A: Me when I quit the 1st time on impulse!)
2. Optimize every minute to raise your vibrations.
As the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad, including free time. A recent study found that too little or too much leisure time can lead to a decline in happiness. Insufficient time when you are not busy doing something can induce stress, while an excess can lead to feeling idle.
Time is money. Money is energy. Heck, everything is essentially made up of energy. So it’s important to maximize the heck out of energy. After all, we only have a limited bandwidth each day.
The key to clearing career blocks is to align yourself to vibrate at the frequency of where you want to be in your professional life. Basically, raise your vibrations in order to get in the energetic flow.
When you operate on a higher vibrational frequency, you are better able to attract hidden opportunities, gain clarity, and have a career breakthrough.
3. F.I.R.E. like a boss.
Do you really want to run quickly towards a fire? In this case, yes. By FIRE, I mean Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE).
It’s time to get FIRE’d, build FIRE, be a FIRE-setter! Financial independence is accumulating enough assets that work becomes optional.
Several “unsuccessful job quits” led me to start my path to FIRE. I wanted to get my finances squared away so that work became optional.
What’s the fastest way to achieve early retirement? Real estate? Stocks? Side hustles? If FIRE is your goal, start by taking a hard look at your net worth.
When I started Not A Bond Girl, I wanted to connect with others for support in reaching FIRE. Once I achieved FIRE, I came across a lot of questions about best ways to achieve FIRE.
Of course, everyone’s financial situation is different. So what worked for me may not necessarily work for the masses. Regardless, it just takes small but consistent baby steps towards building your wealth.
It was the journey that made it fun. Not the destination.
Figuring out ways to make extra money to hit a target challenged me to use my creativity. It was fun to try different side hustles and experiment with different entrepreneurial ideas. I also met a lot of great people along the way.
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Changing jobs within the same industry can be challenging. Pivoting to a new industry can be even tougher and take longer.
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