There are multiple different avenues you can go down when leaving your job and it all depends on what your next step is going to be. Finding a new job can be a daunting challenge - especially when already in full-time employment. The whole process of searching, interviewing and taking calls can prove quite difficult.
There are definitely a few key things to consider before leaving your job without a backup plan and it is not a decision to be taken lightly.
It is always best to think ahead, and if you’re looking to leave your job before having secured a new role, you need to consider your expenses. If you manage to save up a few months of living expenses, you allow yourself the time to find the right role for you.
However, if you decide to take the “I’ll just work it out” approach, you may want to think again. You need to evaluate the reason you’re leaving your role, and you don’t just want to have to jump straight into a new job that you may not like just to pay the bills.
Your notice period can have a big effect on your next steps, with most people's notice periods being a month-long it is rarely an issue and most new employers are aware. However, some people with longer notice periods of 3 months may question whether to hand in their notice before securing a new position.
Reasons for leaving
If you are genuinely unhappy and your job is affecting your health and mental wellbeing, then it isn’t worth a paycheque. In this situation, it may be best to leave and allow yourself the time to recuperate and find a role that you love! However, If you are just simply ready for a change, that next step, or a new challenge, then it’s perhaps worth sticking with your current job whilst searching for your next position.
Overall, the best advice is to think clearly about your reason for leaving and make sure you have a plan in place. We are all different and everyone will have varying circumstances, you just have to do what is best for you! If you need any help or advice on your career path, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!