Before I start the discussion on how long to stay at a job before quitting, I would like to say that there is no thumb rule. You can be in a job for a month or a decade. It all depends on the organization, its work culture, your learning curve, your love for the job, and everything that makes you happy at work. But since the discussion is about how long to stay at a job before quitting, we can consider a timeline. Say, one year. Having been in a job just for two months and in another for a considerably longer time (definitely over a year), you can take some insights from my experience. too. What I have realized is that if there are valid reasons for staying at a job or not staying for long, everything is fine. You should be able to support your work experience with substantial learning – be it for a month or a decade.
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If you are wondering how long to stay at a job before quitting, here’s what you must consider:
Is your job adding any value to your resume?
No matter how long you are at an organization, if you haven’t learned new skills, made great connections, led diverse projects, or initiated impactful change, your resume will reflect stagnancy. And remember, your resume is not just a timeline of your professional experience. It is much more than that, it is your brand. Ask yourself if your current job is enhancing your brand value.
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Do you have resources to support your job role?
You are the Project Manager but you have to wait for days to execute a plan. Because the organization fails to support your plan with the resources you need. This will act as a major hindrance in your work and would go on to affect your performance as well. Your KPIs are in a way dependent on those important resources. Analyze this very carefully and before arriving at a decision, communicate the concern to your managers.
Are you still thinking about your dream career?
I have friends who have left their lucrative jobs behind to pursue their dream career. A start-up of their own or joined the civil services. If there’s a career you still dream about and keep on thinking about all the while, it deserves some thought. It is that dream that keeps you awake.
Does a personal issue need your attention?
Nobody is ever prepared for an emergency, particularly in personal life. Some major health issue or a family matter, it can be anything. People, at times, have to leave their job, in a very short period of time because their family needs them. If there is an issue back home that needs your immediate attention, it’s perfectly fine to leave your job.
Remember, it is good to stay at a job for a year. But more than anything else, it is important to consider if the job is helping you grow. Simply for adding years in your work experience, no job is good enough and can never be. There’s no “one size fits all” approach to answer how long to stay at a job before quitting. It’s all about having valid reasons – for quitting soon or staying longer.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)