This week, #DebutDoll Molly, who hails from Chicago, Illinois, talks about what happens when your career just isn’t cutting it for you anymore.
For career women, your job sometimes feels like your lifeline. It’s what keeps you going in the morning when you just want to stay in bed and allows you to dream about the future. But when your job starts to feel like a nightmare, you may find yourself increasingly wanting to quit. I found myself in a similar position a few weeks ago and I couldn’t help but feel guilty.
Was wanting to quit make me less good at my job? Was I not doing something right? After years of studying and interning to prepare for a job, when I felt like it wasn’t going well, I blamed myself. I quickly came to the realization after a few more weeks that it wasn’t me – sometimes it is the job.
But how do you know when it’s the job and when it is just a case of putting in some extra elbow grease? Leaving a job isn’t something you should do because you had to stay late one night or it requires more work than you thought – that’s just a case of paying your dues.
Here are a few of the different signs I slowly found in my work environment that were making it toxic.
- Pay attention to how high the turnover rates are. As much as internet reviews and job interviews help, sometimes it’s impossible to really determine what a job is like until you work there. Once you’re there and you begin to feel that it may not be a good fit for you – look around. Are people leaving their jobs after only a few months? Do teams oftentimes find themselves with new leaders every few weeks? If people are coming and going like dinner courses, then there may be something happening beneath the surface.
- Decide whether the environment will change after time. Is it currently a busy time during your office? If you work in fashion – is fashion week coming up, etc.? If you’re feeling stressed out because it’s a time period or business quarter that will pass, just hold on!
- Do you think that you can grow in your current position? This may be the biggest question to ask yourself. A lot of entry level jobs are hard – especially in fashion and media. You have to prove your worth and there’s definitely a bit of a trial and error period. But if you know that you can grow or are working towards a promotion – it will all be worth it! The flip side is that if you feel stuck and that you won’t be able to grow, then that toxic environment isn’t worth it.
Making a decision to leave a job is always hard – hopefully some of these tips will determine whether it’s just a rough season or a good idea to start looking. But remember: don’t leave a job until you have another one lined up!
If you want to leave a job for the right reasons, then you’ll also want to make sure that you’re moving your career forward if you do.
Words: Molly Tullis
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