How To Know When It’s Time To Leave A Job That Bores You

Hurriya Burney
Oct 15, 2019 · 4 min read
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When it comes to your career, from time to time you hit a wall. When you approach work like a firecracker flaming forward, occasionally you fizzle out. Maybe things have become routine. Maybe work is not as challenging anymore. Maybe the excitement that jack-rabbeted you out of bed in the morning has become dull monotony.

What do you do?

The answer lies in your overall approach to work. What is work to you?

Is work a means to an end?

As long as your job affords you the material markers of success and the privilege of authority, who cares about the frivolity of excitement and fulfillment?

Meaning and purpose in work were reserved for the wealthy and indulged. The tenacious, upwardly mobile middle class only had one goal — to achieve a level of income that would guarantee financial security. Give you enough to acquire a house, a car you could afford, a retirement account, enough funds to pay for your kids’ college, and a family vacation or two a year.

If this is your approach to work, ask yourself — an I getting paid fairly for the work I am doing? Am I good at what I do and does my job provide me opportunities for growth and income appreciation? Find passions outside of work that would spark joy and fulfillment. Design your work life in a way that creates time and space to indulge these outside passions.

Is work a vehicle for living your purpose?

If purpose driven work is a non-negotiable for you, boredom and stagnation at the office can sour your insides. The gangrene can seep into every aspect of your life.

If you’re a bored employee looking for purpose, how do you know it’s time to say farewell?

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Have you built enough expertise?

Have you thoroughly mined opportunities for learning and growth?

Also think about how your current job can help lay the foundation for your future career. Can you build connections or learn new skills that would give you a head start in your next role?

What would your team say about you when you’re gone?

Build and cement your tribe before you go. This tribe will serve you long after you’ve moved on from your current role. Your team carries your brand with them everywhere they go. What will they say about you?

Is your house in order?

You may leave a job, but you will never fully escape it. It will always occupy pride of place on your resume. For future job applications, you will have to explain what you accomplished in your current role.

Even if you go on to achieve tremendous heights in your career, people will always find and raise the rock of your past performance — if they find worms, you better believe they will be served in a public buffet. This is particularly true if you stay within the same company.

Before you leave, think about the person taking over for you. How will they talk about you? Will they be complimentary? When you sweep problems under a rug, there is always a risk that your successor will find them.

Don’t let boredom compel you to immediately sprint away from a job. Plan your way out instead — thoughtfully and strategically.

Create a path that allows you to stay engaged while navigating your way out with dignity and forethought. Commit to a timeline and then define key milestones you need to achieve.

Treat each job as an opportunity to expand your skills and decorate your resume. This will position you for long-term career success.

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Hurriya Burney

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Tips and tricks to survive and thrive in the workplace. Demystifying cultural norms and best practices at work.

Hurriya Burney

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Immigrant sharing stories about the beauty and beastliness of culture. I write personal stories and reflections on diversity, and women and minority experiences

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Tips and tricks to survive and thrive in the workplace. Demystifying cultural norms and best practices at work.

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