I am 25, full-time employed and taking an undergrad degree as well. I am planning to resign during this uncertain period as I am at my limit for this job. Is my decision justifiable? - Seedly
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Asked on 29 Apr 2020

I am 25, full-time employed and taking an undergrad degree as well. I am planning to resign during this uncertain period as I am at my limit for this job. Is my decision justifiable?

This company is family-owned and I am non-family staff. I have tolerated their unprofessional conduct for two years and have been preparing to leave ever since I joined. I took this job to gain skills & some savings while schooling and I do not see a future in it. Since my classes are at night, I can look for a new position. If I focus I can graduate in two years. I want to leave my job, I have planned this day for two years. Given the recession due to Covid-19, should I still go ahead?

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Darren
Darren, Business Analytics Undergrad at NUS
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 29 Apr 2020

I think the key variable to consider here is $.

Anyone dependeing on you? Raining day fund? Need to givee money to parents?

Two decisions dependent on the variable.

  1. $ is not a serious problem. Leave.

  2. $ is a serious problem. How serious? Can you find a part-time job? (Post-Covid) Waiter? Transcriber? Use the skills you've learnt from your degree?

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Question Poster

30 Apr 2020

I have money saved up over the years that will last at least 6 months, so I think that aspect is alright for me. I'll probably try to find a part-time job during this period. I wish to gain relevant experience to the degree I am currently taking. Thank you for your input, I really appreciate it!

Hi Anon,

If you are not happy with you current job, my advice is to leave.

If you have worked out your finances and are able to sustain yourself while looking around for a new job, sure. I think being in such an environment affects our mental wellness alot, and mental wellness is one of the things that goes the most un-noticed in our time and age.

I would encourage you to keep an active search for a new job at this time as well. I believe many employers are employing with the entire #SGunited movement and with your age, I believe you have a wide range of possible opportunities for you

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Tan Li Xing
Tan Li Xing

30 Apr 2020

I'm glad to be able to provide you advice. Keep going on, that is something we all can only do, and don't give up
Question Poster

30 Apr 2020

Thank you, you have no idea how much I needed to hear that. For me to take this step is not easy especially given the current recession due to Covid-19, I needed some faith in order for me to proceed. 🙏
Angeline Teo
Angeline Teo, Calculator at The Internet
Level 6. Master
Answered on 01 May 2020

Do you have savings for more than 6mths, if so, i think you are ready.

If not, I am not sure.. you have to see whether being jobless is a greater unhappiness than being unhappily employed.

In both cases, both are unhappy, but at least you are getting paid in one of the scenario.

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Colin Lim
Colin Lim, Financial Services Consultant at Colin Lim
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 29 Apr 2020

Since you are unhappy and tolerated them for 2 years...go ahead and throw the letter...but please find a job first...

You do not want this source of income to stop before u haven start finding, will you?

The Current Job market is limited due to Covid19...and thus it will be a challenge. So which is why i ask you to find a job first before tendering the resignation.

Do you have emergency funds which can last 6months and above? incase u decided to resign first and look for job, you have to make sure there are funds for u to use.

#planwithcolin​​​

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Question Poster

30 Apr 2020

I have managed to save up funds that will last me for a minimum of 6 months, though it pains me to touch it, I think it is the right thing to do at the moment. I have the support of my family, friends and significant other, their support reassures me. Since I have decided to take the maximum amount of classes in June, this is the appropriate time for my resignation. I'll look harder for any job opportunities that will aid me in getting the relevant experience and skills that I need. I really appreciate the time you have taken to respond to my query as I needed some guidance. Thank you.
Colin Lim
Colin Lim

30 Apr 2020

Good to hear you have make your choice. sometimes u have to make decision that can be significant in future...and i hope this decision is a turning point for u and your future.

If resgination is the only solution, then I will suggest for you to secure your next employment before tendering your resignation. At the basic level, you won't jeropardise your financial well-being.​​​

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Question Poster

29 Apr 2020

Thank you, this is very helpful. I'll consider your advice seriously before any further action. I needed some advice as I planned on submitting my letter of resignation tomorrow.
Pang Zhe Liang
Pang Zhe Liang

29 Apr 2020

Great! While I can definitely empathise with what you are going through right now, you must remember that you are the only one who will suffer because of a rash decision. Therefore, plan your move wisely. All the best!