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Should you quit your job without a new job?

What would you do if you are in an iron rice bowl kind of job, but you are unhappy and there is a misfit in terms of job fit?

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  • Junus Eu
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    Answered 6d ago

    Looking at the previous comments, I also wanted to mention that your life is not all about your job.

    Yes, the lull of having a monthly salary is strong. But what I have learnt from speaking to people in their 60s/70s is that they wish that they spent their lives (and more specifically, youth) pursuing larger things other than money.

    If you know what you want to do + your savings allow it AND you have been unhappy/burnt out for awhile now, consider taking a break to explore your options.

    Or even if you don't take a break, consider what really makes you unhappy about your job. Because for all you know, you might jump into the next job and find out that you are unhappy for all the same reasons you are unhappy with your current one.

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  • Anthony Ong
    Anthony Ong
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    Answered on 15 Mar 2019

    To leech off Gabriel's answer, and to give you the best of both worlds, you can also suck it up and continue, while searching for another job / revenue generating business outside. This helps monthly cashflow, and also helps signal your continued attractiveness to potential employers.

    This financial consideration should then be weighed against the mental toll the current job and unhappiness is having on you - is it leading to severe depression / impact on interpersonal relationships; or is the unhappiness still tolerable, even if undesirable?

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  • Gabriel Tham
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    Answered on 15 Mar 2019

    You can suck it up and continue, save more, invest more, retire early.

    Or you can start searching for another job.

    If you want to quit without a job, make sure your savings can last long enough.

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  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
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    Answered on 16 Mar 2019

    What is an alternative? Is there any other job/industry that you would rather be doing? If yes, you might want to consider pursuing your career in that industry instead.

    If not, you can think about what you would rather do. OR, like what the others have said, just work and invest and retire early.

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