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How do you know when its time to leave?

By Presidio ·
Is it time for a change?
Just a job change or a career change?

I?ve been programming for over 10 years (several different companies). There was a time when I loved it, now I dread coming to work. For about 6 months now I leave work each day with my jaw clenched; shoulder/neck muscles tight; stomach in a knot and spend my entire drive home trying to relax.

Sometimes I think that it is this particular work environment. My supervisor has changed, company location has changed, and there is major staff turnover. There is also no chance to keep up with new technology. However I live in a small community with very limited new opportunities.

Sometimes I think I need a complete new direction. I still have moments where I really get into the code and enjoy developing, but I wonder if both the IT industry and I have changed too much.

I?ve had personal life changes too and would actually rather work part time. Working more then 8 hours in a day feels like such punishment.

Getting a paycheck is 95% of the reason I show up for work every day. I get paid well but would rather earn less and enjoy my job.

So where does one go from here?

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When a chiropractor is required...

by mlayton In reply to How do you know when its ...

...it's time to leave. I'm a firm believer in "if you don't like what you do, do something else." We are no longer a society where you have to go to work at the same job for forty years. Options are available! So take some time to find out what you still like to do. It used to be "What color is my parachute" could help with that - I don't know if that book is still around, but really sit down and say: this is what is important to me. This is what I like. This is what I can't stand. And see what direction that takes you! Of course, it's easier to look for another job while receiving a paycheck, so take your time. And if you end up being a sous chef after being a programmer because you decide thats what you really like - thats okay. I believe I will change careers many times before I retire!

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Time to leave, but for the right reasons.

by matt.rushworth In reply to When a chiropractor is re ...

It is definately time to leave! It is clear you have no enthusiasm or motivation left in this role, it seems likely that this has been the case for quite some time. Every job has it's life cycle and 10 years was a long time and I'm sure you have learnt a lot and benefited from it in many ways, but yes move on there is nothing to be gained by staying.

Do not be scared!!!

Though your present job has sapped your will to live, a change will revitalise you. The chance to be the new staff member, the chance to enjoy new people new chalenges new surroundings everything is long overdue.

If you hang in there in your present role u will not be happy now, to go as far as to send an email like this, it is not a one off bad day, it is bordom and stagnation.

Get up make a move, you'll wonder afterwards why you didn't make the move 5 years earlier!!!

Good Luck, I'm confident that you will look back and be very happy that you made the move, as long as you do, and the sooner the better. (And you will probably even have fonder feelinigs for the job you left behind once you have left, though I'm sure you will never regret leaving it)

Matty

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Change of Life....

by cantona_deux In reply to Time to leave, but for th ...

I am in the same position and thought of changing career to Accountancy. One day I met a friend who was in the same position as me with another company and told of a part-time Physical Therapy course. I am currently taking the course and hope to leave the IT industry behind for something different. Stress and the feelings of going nowhere in work can add years to your life......A change is as good as a rest!!!

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Don't change - Evolve

by sblack In reply to Change of Life....

Very intersting discussion and interestingly very popular (ie were are all where with you).

Any biological system, when under stress reaches a bifurication point (from Chaos thery) where it either perishes or most often, gains complexity through an evolution of purpose.

You are at this point and can choose to evolve your self through looking at this as a positive and apply your tallents to the area where you care the most - or think you can be of most use to your world.

If we could all identify when we reach this point (and take the correct path) - it would be a happier world - thanks for sharing and good luck all!

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No amount of money is worth it....

by coldbrew In reply to Time to leave, but for th ...

When you get up in the morning and "dread" going to work, you'd probably find riding on the back of a garbage truck more satisfying. As everyone has stated here, find your talents and what you like and persue them. No amount of money is payment enough for staying at a job you dread. It affects every other part of your life. I too find myself in this situation and am currently exploring other options.

Good luck...

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Time to leave, but for the right reasons.

by matt.rushworth In reply to When a chiropractor is re ...

It is definately time to leave! It is clear you have no enthusiasm or motivation left in this role, it seems likely that this has been the case for quite some time. Every job has it's life cycle and 10 years was a long time and I'm sure you have learnt a lot and benefited from it in many ways, but yes move on there is nothing to be gained by staying.

Do not be scared!!!

Though your present job has sapped your will to live, a change will revitalise you. The chance to be the new staff member, the chance to enjoy new people new chalenges new surroundings everything is long overdue.

If you hang in there in your present role u will not be happy now, to go as far as to send an email like this, it is not a one off bad day, it is bordom and stagnation.

Get up make a move, you'll wonder afterwards why you didn't make the move 5 years earlier!!!

Good Luck, I'm confident that you will look back and be very happy that you made the move, as long as you do, and the sooner the better. (And you will probably even have fonder feelinigs for the job you left behind once you have left, though I'm sure you will never regret leaving it)

Matty

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A lot of good and varied suggestions...

by greg In reply to Time to leave, but for th ...

Seems like we have a very diversified group of opinions - as well as talented and insightful folks. I say, lets form a Corp. or LLC based on our vast experience and offer him a job... :-)

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Practicality

by jain.r In reply to Time to leave, but for th ...

If one is bored to death I agree, it is perhaps the only option. If not, may be look for small changes and directions within the same domain. For e.g. from being a coder, one could look into getting in a systems role: design/system architect, marketing, tech analyst, tech prime.. if opportunity exists within or outside the company.

If the main reason for still coming to work is money, I would rather have something else in hand or discover/develop other stuff on hand on the side before leaping into totally unknown.

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When a chiropractor is required...

by s0330 In reply to When a chiropractor is re ...

Hello , I read your posting with a great deal of interest.I agree with you that leaving is very important when the satisfaction goes away from doing a job.

Another angle to the issue is what we do with our free times. Sometimes most of us in the IT field burn out. We are pretty passionate about what we do. So they become our hobbies and even eat time from our private spheres.

Experience shows that if some fun hobby or a very interesting extra career undertaking is undertaken while experiencing this , the burn out will eventually go away , and the old vigour , energy and ethusiasm will find their way back.

regards

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Hobby!!

by gauravbahal In reply to When a chiropractor is re ...

I am bushed !! been in this field for as little as 5 yrs and i am considering retirement already!!
I liked the hobby idea...infact i tried doing just that got me a telescope and try and see whats 'beyond' us!! Helps..but the nagging feeling of getting the 'right next job' will not go till I land up with a good job!
Thought being ones own boss is the best thing...go freelancing. Tremendous flexibility and meeting new people and seeing new cultures!!

ciao ciao
Gaurav

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