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I Quit My Job...What Should I Do?  
User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

Hey guys,

So, as much as I want to refrain from ranting, I'm going to share some of my thoughts on what led me to quit my job.

I graduated last year from the University of Maryland as an Economics and Psychology major, and subsequently took a few months off to travel Europe. When I returned I got lucky and landed a contract job at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC as a "Project Coordinator". Now, at first I liked the job because of the decent pay and the fact that I was being treated very well and given a good amount of responsibilites from the start. As the months went by, I felt myself more and more falling into a routine: wake up at 5:45 am, commute from northern Suburbs to DC for 40 min, get to the gym by 6:45 am, at my desk by 8 am. After almost 5 months, I've reached a breaking point. I just can't do it anymore. I see all these people walking the streets of the city looking like robotic drones, and it gets worse when I actually enter the building. Everyone seems to be on autopilot. If not, they are angry or frustrated by how "busy" they are, and everyone tries to one-up one another thinking that one person is even busier than the other. I keep thinking to myself that I'm 24 years old...and if I reach the age of 50 and have the life of the people that surround me in this office everyday, I would rather not reach 50. I feel like I'm destined to do more than this in my life. At this point, it feels like I'm in a river swimming against the current, when other people are trying to take me down stream with them.

My contract was supposed to end in September as this big project we are working on comes to a close, but I was offered the opportunity to stay as an extended contract. I declined. A lot of people told me I was crazy to turn down the opportunity, but there are two main reasons why I did:

1. I want to leave the DC area. I love it here, but I've grown up here and been here my entire life. I think it's time to leave. I've been seriously considering moving to Los Angeles or NYC, but I don't want to get stuck doing another 9-5 over there. If I do, I want it to be for something I enjoy doing, or maybe just temporarily so I can get myself out there.

2. I hate this structured office environment. It's not for me, and I feel like I can't thrive in this type of setting. I'm constantly unhappy, constantly exhausted, and constantly wishing I was somewhere else. I find myself wishing away the time in my life; when it's Monday I can't wait for Friday. My life is too important to wish my time away like that.

Now, I don't know what I'm going to do. I have some money in savings, but I don't know where to go from here. People always say "Do what makes you happy and find a way to make money off of it". That's great, except I have no idea what makes me happy. Obviously, I have a passion for aviation. I love the airline industry, but I don't want to be under the bureaucratic lifestyle of the airline industry as a pilot or flight attendant or office executive for the rest of my life. I think my dream job would be something like a travel editor, where I can travel the world and write reviews or blog about the airline/travel industry in general. I'm good at writing, and I know a great deal about the airline industry from reading A.NET all these years and from having a genuine interest in it. I also considered a job as an aviation consultant, but I don't seem to have any of the credentials for it and I've emailed several aviation consulting companies to no avail.

So, what can I do? I feel very lost, and like my time is running out to find a job that's not really a job. I don't want to wake up every morning dreading work. I have no problem working hard if it's something I'm passionate about or that I enjoy. I just wish I knew how to get to that point where my passion is my job and vice versa.

Thanks for reading up to here, and sorry for the rant but I feel like I just need to write all this out to get a better grasp on the situation. Any suggestions and comments are totally welcome!!

-Andres


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7784 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

I understand where you are coming from and I give you credit for deciding to leave your job and find something different in this economy (even though it was a 1-yr contract deal). The 9-5 routine isn't exactly easy to get into coming out of the relative freedom you have in college. I don't think anyone actually likes it and it takes a long time to get used to. Though depending on where you work and who you work with it can be tolerable.

Whatever you decide to do to earn a living you need to work on finding that elusive work/life balance. Don't let yourself be defined by your job. Have a social life outside of work, have other things you do or else you get stuck in that rut and feel like you are on autopilot all day every day. Ultimately it is nice to find a job or a career that you enjoy, that challenges you, that you want to go to each day. But otherwise you need to work on finding and doing those other things that really appeal to you and keep you sane outside of work.



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3634 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

I admire you for getting up and walking after only one year; it took me 9 years and two jobs, before I quit the office routine.

You have everything on your side, age, qualifications, and spirit. Plus I assume that you have no dependents, and no financial commitments.
It seems to me from what you have written, that the office environment is not for you, as lets face it, many are just as you describe, so do you have any interests which you could develop into a career?


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16883 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3064 times:



Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):

1. I want to leave the DC area. I love it here, but I've grown up here and been here my entire life. I think it's time to leave. I've been seriously considering moving to Los Angeles or NYC,

I'm born in NYC and raised in the New Jersey suburbs, I did live for a year in Fairfax County Virginia 1985-1986 and loved it. If your looking for a change from where your at I wouldn't go t the NYC area, if you don't like DC your going to hate New York. Seems like your looking for a less of a routine and more of an adventure, New York is worse with the robot commuters than any other place on earth. Trust me I've done it plenty of times, driving myself in my car, taking NJ Transit trains, the PATH, Ferries. It's sucks.

I would look towards warmer climes where the pace of life is a little more laid back, Florida, Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado etc..



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

No offense, but as one who has been basically (a few contract jobs here and there) unemployed since last September, you're stupid. You had a somewhat stable job. I graduated in December 2007, and luckily fell right into a job in my field (drafting/design/autocad) the day before I graduated. Yeah, at first, especially because it was January, I hated getting up in the dark, getting ready and getting to work in the dark, getting off at 4 PM, and getting home with maybe 30 minutes left of daylight. Summer came, and while I had much more time to do things after work, it was still a 7-4 8 hr job. Guess what? That's your future, that's your life. What you do outside of work is up to you. Take some responsibility and make the most of it. Work to live, don't live to work. The East Coast (more New England) life seems to be "live to work", and no, I wouldn't like that lifestyle either. Good for you that you want to get out of it, but for now with an absolute crap job market, you have to deal with what you're given. I would've kept the job, but really spent my freetime exploring my options in other places where I'd want to live. Now? You better find something in that area you want to move to soon. The job market isn't going to get any better, regardless of what the government says.

User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

Thanks for the input guys!

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
Have a social life outside of work, have other things you do or else you get stuck in that rut and feel like you are on autopilot all day every day. Ultimately it is nice to find a job or a career that you enjoy, that challenges you, that you want to go to each day.

I like to think that my weekends are really my time and my "mini vacations". I try to go away whenever I get the chance, and I really enjoy the time I spend with my friends going out and socializing. But it seems like I'm just so unhappy for 5 days out of the week, that none of this seems worth it anymore. I want to live for everyday, not just for my weekends.

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 2):
It seems to me from what you have written, that the office environment is not for you, as lets face it, many are just as you describe, so do you have any interests which you could develop into a career?

Well I was thinking of going back to school to get a doctorate in Psychology, but it takes a great deal of financial sacrifices as the programs are about 5 years long and it will be at least another 7 years before I made any money. That would be fine, but I'm just not sure that's 100% what I want to do with the rest of my life. I like to write, and I love to travel and see new places and experience everything the world has to offer.

I think I'm just stuck in this stage where I don't know what direction to go, but if I knew what to do I would put 110% of my efforts into it.



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User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

It's such a hard situation to be in... hating the usual 9-5 routine, being stuck in an office, being part of the rat race... unfortunately, you can't avoid all of the negatives entirely, for the most part anyway.

I'm real big into new home construction, design, architecture, zoning & development laws, and other things related to home construction. I have decided to return to school in the fall and get myself certified to be a new home inspector and start up my own business. This is going to combine a bunch of my skills and interests and make a worthwhile & potentially successful venture. I also plan on getting myself certified as an appraiser, so that I can further expand my possibilities.

It's exciting, the prospect of actually knowing what I want to do and moving in that direction! I'm just shy of 30 years old... it took that long!

Good luck to you. I am sure you will find your way!  Smile



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User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

You're not alone. I used to feel passionate about my job. Now I'm just going through the motions when I go to work. People tell me I should go back to school, but the problem is I just don't know what kind of job would make me happy. I work just about every weekend, sometimes I would give anything for a 9-5 job. I was feeling the rut, but over the last couple years started hanging out with a different group of friends which has helped a lot. I feel I can do my job with my eyes closed for the most part. Sometimes I just feel there's just something more I could be doing but I just don't know what it is. All I can say is I appreciate my off days like never before. I do have a great crew of people to work with so it could be worse. Hopefully someday I'll think of something.


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3048 times:



Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 4):
No offense, but as one who has been basically (a few contract jobs here and there) unemployed since last September, you're stupid

Pretty hard not to take offense at that statement I'd say.

Anyway, welcome to the real world. You have to decide if you want to be a drone for money or do something you enjoy, better if they match but rarely is that the case.

PS: At your age you would be very odd indeed if you haven't quit a job or 3 on a whim.



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3044 times:



Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 8):

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 4):
No offense, but as one who has been basically (a few contract jobs here and there) unemployed since last September, you're stupid

Pretty hard not to take offense at that statement I'd say.

It was a steady job in unsteady times. To just walk away because he's unhappy with life isn't the smartest thing to do. Yeah, I applaud his approach to work for bettering himself mentally, but realistically, he did a dumb thing.


User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3042 times:



Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 4):
Guess what? That's your future, that's your life. What you do outside of work is up to you.

I can see where you're coming from, but I don't want it to be my life. So many people have this mentality of "I'll just take what comes to me and accept it as my fate". I refuse. I don't want to be 50 years old one day and say "I could have dome something spectacular with my life, but instead I didn't because I was afraid of the job market and afraid of failing and afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone".

At this point, I'd rather be afraid of all that than spend anymore time longing to be somewher else doing something else. I don't know how I'm going to do this, but I'll find a way.



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

So, what is it that you do here? Big grin

What do you want to do with your degree? It isn't exactly a "I work in the outdoors 24/7" type degree.


User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

That's the thing...I don't know what I want to do with my degree. So many of my friends, and even older people I know, do work that has nothing to do with their degree. I initially thought of going to school and opening my own practice as a psychologist, but I have my doubts about it. While I like it, I'm not sure I would describe psychology as one of my "passions". I'm nervous about dedicating so much of my time and money towards it, and then realizing 10 years down the road that I don't enjoy it anymore. But, I do like the idea of working for myself and being independant in that sense, as well as helping people. At this point, the convergence of all my thoughts is what is most frustrating...


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User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5089 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

I understand why you quit your job, but you have something else line-up?


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User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3000 times:



Quoting JAL (Reply 13):
I understand why you quit your job, but you have something else line-up?

No...but I guess that's what is scary/exciting at this point. I still have until September to figure something out...



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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

Remember, it's always easier to find a job when you currently have a job.

Even travel can get boring. I knew a guy who quit a nice cushy computer programming job because he liked to travel. He then hired on to a computer education company to travel all over teaching basic computing skills. Very easy stuff to do.
After a year I asked him how he liked his job. He hated it! Why? He said that he would give anything to be able to sleep a week in his own bed. He said airports are his home more than anything else. Airport concessions are his main source of food. He did say he learned his lesson and was looking for a stay in the office job.


User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10095 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2965 times:
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Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
The 9-5 routine isn't exactly easy to get into coming out of the relative freedom you have in college. I don't think anyone actually likes it and it takes a long time to get used to.

I absolutely love the 9-5 routine. Especially compared to college.

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 4):
No offense, but as one who has been basically (a few contract jobs here and there) unemployed since last September, you're stupid. You had a somewhat stable job.

While I'll stop short of calling you stupid, I do agree with the sentiment.

Consider: my former boss quit his job after the company refused to give him a raise, and basically didn't treat him particularly well. He's a nuclear and mechanical engineer/designer who's had some pretty good experience working for this company. It's been around 2 months since he quit, and he still hasn't found a job. Hasn't even had an interview.

Point being: it's an incredibly crappy time to quit your job. Hell, I hate my job, but I'm not quitting until I've found another one.

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 10):
I can see where you're coming from, but I don't want it to be my life. So many people have this mentality of "I'll just take what comes to me and accept it as my fate".

There's a key difference between being indifferent, and being smart about your future. Sometimes the smart thing to do is keep a job you hate, while looking for another one.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6341 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

I can relate to you on a few topics:

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):
wake up at 5:45 am, commute from northern Suburbs to DC for 40 min, get to the gym by 6:45 am, at my desk by 8 am

I hear ya...wake up at 5am, work out from 5:10 to 5:40, shower/breakfast from 5:40 to 6:20, hit the road and get to work by 7:00, work 7:00 to 4:00, get home by 4:45, and then start homework for my masters degree...eek

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):
and everyone tries to one-up one another thinking that one person is even busier than the other

Very true, this frustrates the hell out of me

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):
I'm 24 years old...and if I reach the age of 50 and have the life of the people that surround me in this office everyday, I would rather not reach 50

I'm 25 and I have that feel too sometimes.



That being said, I love my job...I love airplanes, and I love being an aero engineer. There is certainly some of the typical office crap, but not seemingly as much as you have had to deal with. There are times I have thought about running out, finding a new place to live/work, finally go back to Namibia like I keep saying I will "in a year or two", but the I just realize that I love what I do. The key for you is to do the same...find that job you love to do 90% of the time...nobody is going to love their job 100% of the time (those who say they do are liars), but 90% of the time is great. It may take some time, but you can do it.


User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8629 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Just remember that, if you don't need the money or the experience, you're absolutely right. You don't need a job. You should go have fun and party.

If you do need the money, or the experience, a job will offer you that.


User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8629 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2920 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 17):
find that job you love to do 90% of the time..

I agree, but not everybody has that privilege... nor is it a right. Younger generation people feel like they (we) deserve a really fun job that makes us feel awesome every day. Some people are that lucky. But that also is confusing "entertainment" with "job". Certainly some people love their jobs. Others simply need food, rent and a health plan and are willing to serve someone ELSE's goals (do a job) to get those rewards.

It all comes down to the individual. And life is definitely what you make it.


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 9):
It was a steady job in unsteady times. To just walk away because he's unhappy with life isn't the smartest thing to do. Yeah, I applaud his approach to work for bettering himself mentally, but realistically, he did a dumb thing.



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 16):

Point being: it's an incredibly crappy time to quit your job. Hell, I hate my job, but I'm not quitting until I've found another one.



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 16):
Sometimes the smart thing to do is keep a job you hate, while looking for another one.

Agree with all the above very silly to quit a job before finding a new one. The only way I'd do that is if I was in an abusive or dangerous work environment.

You ask what should I do...Well, I think you need to print all your posts on this thread out so that you can re-read them in 20-30 years and wince/laugh about how precious you sound. You are sure showcasing the "me" attitude stero-type your generation is known for.

Being a grown up means sometimes we tolerate things we don't love for a time to pay our dues and advance to the point where we have EARNED the right to advance to something more our taste.

This will probably get deleted but someone needs to be honest with you. With that attitude your parents probably never gave you the dose of reality you need because they were too busy artificially boosting your self esteem.

That said I would find a job any job that will pay your bills but allow you the flexibility in time off to do some self discovery. Maybe do one of those find yourself jobs like teaching english in a foreign country or do something service oriented like join the peace corps that will teach you a little humility.

To be fair I did do something similar with an internship in college and I do cringe now at how stupid and naive I was.

[Edited 2009-06-09 12:07:44]

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6341 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2898 times:



Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 20):

Being a grown up means sometimes we tolerate things we don't love for a time to pay our dues and advance to the point where we have EARNED the right to advance to something more our taste.

I can definitely agree with what you say here. I got lucky and do a job I love, but there is another job above it I would love even more, and I am putting my time in to get to that position. I don't expect it to come for at least another 8-10 years, but if I keep waking up each day still thinking I want it, I will work my butt off and earn my way to it.


User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2884 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 17):
That being said, I love my job...I love airplanes, and I love being an aero engineer. There is certainly some of the typical office crap, but not seemingly as much as you have had to deal with. There are times I have thought about running out, finding a new place to live/work, finally go back to Namibia like I keep saying I will "in a year or two", but the I just realize that I love what I do. The key for you is to do the same...find that job you love to do 90% of the time...nobody is going to love their job 100% of the time (those who say they do are liars), but 90% of the time is great. It may take some time, but you can do it.

I agree with what you're saying. I'm not necessarily saying it's the 9-5 that's killing me; I think it's that I'm doing the 9-5 for something I just can't stand.

If I was working 9-5 doing a job I really love, I would have no problem with the routine.

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 20):
You ask what should I do...Well, I think you need to print all your posts on this thread out so that you can re-read them in 20-30 years and wince/laugh about how precious you sound. You are sure showcasing the "me" attitude stero-type your generation is known for.

Being a grown up means sometimes we tolerate things we don't love for a time to pay our dues and advance to the point where we have EARNED the right to advance to something more our taste.

I think you are misunderstanding me. I'm not expecting for things to come easy, or to magically find something that is stress free and pays for my rent at the same time. All I'm looking for is a way to enjoy what I'm doing without constantly feeling dissatisfied with my daily life. Maybe you're right that my parents "pampered me" or boosted my "self-esteem" or however you would like to word it, but that shouldn't mean I should settle for being unhappy.

Either way, I appreciate the comments, whether negative or positive. You may think I'm stupid for quitting at "a time like this", but I have a paid job until mid september, so I have some time and lots of savings to figure it out. I do feel priviledged, and I'll take advantage of that.

Maybe I can look back in 20-30 years and read this and say "Wow, I'm glad I did what everyone told me not to do." Sometimes, it's harder to say no to things than to say yes, and take the risk that few others are ever willing to take. I think that's what creates people who are "extraordinary".



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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2864 times:



Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 22):
that shouldn't mean I should settle for being unhappy.

Happiness is an internal choice. It is not something comes from external sources like a job. Sooner you realize that the happier your will be. So you don't like the job you've only a year at the moment though you did in the beginning. Things are cyclical in jobs sometimes you are fulfilled sometimes you aren't. The key is to develop yourself outside of work as well. You have free time do something with it.

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 22):
I think you are misunderstanding me.

I don't think so. I think you just aren't very self aware. I wish you could read what you have written with an unbiased eye. You would just die of embarrassment at how you come across.

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 22):
Sometimes, it's harder to say no to things than to say yes, and take the risk that few others are ever willing to take. I think that's what creates people who are "extraordinary".

...more confirmation that I didn't misunderstand you.

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 22):
Maybe I can look back in 20-30 years and read this and say "Wow, I'm glad I did what everyone told me not to do."

I'm not saying don't pursue something you enjoy. Just do it in a mature way. Quitting a job with NO plan isn't a very grown up thing to do. Keep the job sort things out, develop a plan for where you would like to go THEN go for it with gusto.

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 22):
All I'm looking for is a way to enjoy what I'm doing without constantly feeling dissatisfied with my daily life.

Cue the violins. Develop yourself outside of work it is only a part of your daily life.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

I hope you got another job before quitting this one, given the state of the economy it is very hard to get another one now. (This is what turns me off the most about people....)

Good luck to you. No sympathies from me if you still cannot find a new job a year from now.

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 4):
No offense, but as one who has been basically (a few contract jobs here and there) unemployed since last September, you're stupid.

 checkmark  I agree. This comes with maturity: Getting a new job before quitting the current one.



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25 SkyHigh777 : Not embarassed at all. I'm just searching options. Like I said, I have time to figure it out. If I want, I can use the money I've saved to go back to
26 SkyHigh777 : To add on to this, I know that if I put all my energy in finding a job in CA or someplace that I want to be in, I know I can do it. I'll fly out for i
27 AirframeAS : But in the end, those people are right. Not true. You do have a choice. You chose to quit which prevents a paycheck from coming in. Before it wasn't
28 SkyHigh777 : I'm fully prepared to accept responsibilty if I can't get a job. How about start up companies? Most people trying to start companies fail. Does that
29 A346Dude : I think you mistake maturity with the path of least resistance. To SkyHigh, I say, never settle.
30 AirframeAS : No not mistaken at all, that is how life works. You could have done this while still holding a steady job with your then-current company. I have a be
31 SkyHigh777 : Thanks. I think a lot of people work in jobs they hate, feeling trapped because they can't quit as they rely on that sole source of income to finance
32 EasternSon : Oh, you hate your job? You know, there's a support group for that. It's called the bar. We meet everyday between 5:30 and 7:00pm.
33 Flighty : That's a hypothetical, since you really haven't demonstrated your willingness to work... at least, it's better to show that as part of your record. B
34 StasisLAX : Maturity will bring greater intelligence - never ever walk away from a job without having another job lined up, unless you're a "trust fund baby".
35 SkyHigh777 : That's exactly what I'm planning on doing. I'm just using this forum as an outlet.
36 IAirAllie : That much is obvious. Though you should be and I think with time (decades perhaps) you will look back whether you made it or not and think geesh what
37 JBirdAV8r : I don't think he does confuse the two. I think he's absolutely right. The "path of least resistance" is to say "I hate this job, I'm going to quit."
38 Vikkyvik : Be aware, I'm currently looking for a job in the Los Angeles area, and it's slim pickings (like everywhere else). I wouldn't say immature. More like
39 JBirdAV8r : I'll also mention this: When I hire someone, I find out when they left their last job and why. If I heard your scenario, I'd probably label you impuls
40 RussianJet : I know the transition from student to fulltime wage slave is difficult, but I have a bad feeling you're going to regret this decision for the rest of
41 Ken777 : Why not take some time off and do something unusual? You have a degree - why not take a commission in the Navy and see the world a bit. At the same ti
42 AirframeAS : This is the best piece I have seen on this thread thus far. Allie is right.
43 GQfluffy : Exactly. I moved from Billings, MT to Cincinnati, OH with the better half (she got a well-paying job...thank god...with the VA) last September. I qui
44 A346Dude : The path of least resistance is to say, I hate my job, but I can tolerate it by shutting off my brain for 8 hours a day and dreaming about the weeken
45 IAirAllie : They don't do that though without any idea what they'd rather do. Successful people set lofty goals and then work to achieve them even if there is ri
46 Sv7887 : I have to agree. This is a really bad time for a job search. I've been out since November. And believe me I hated my job, but would I kill to have it
47 Skyhigh777 : I agree. I do have goals. Eventually, I'll go back to school. Whether it's to get my MBA, or to go back for Psychology for 5 more years and open my o
48 Skyhigh777 : I think your post may have been the most valuable to me, and the one I can relate to the most. Thank you. That's exactly how I feel, and I think you
49 AirframeAS : Actually, I doubt it was. She is wise because she has experence in these kinds of situations and she also has a lot of *gasps!* maturity as well. Why
50 SkyHigh777 : Actually I had a meeting to discuss this option today, so I didn't know about it at first...and it's not definite just a *possibility*. Plus I'm alwa
51 AirframeAS : But in the long run, it makes you look much more silly than anything else.
52 Sv7887 : I am glad I could be helpful. I understand what you're going through. My first love is History and one day I'd love to teach. But..practically speaki
53 IAirAllie : LOL I'm just 10 years down the road you are on. I finished my 1st degree about 10 years ago and have had 10 years of real world economic turbulence t
54 JBirdAV8r : A346dude, sigh...the most successful people in the world don't make rash decisions on a whim. And if they do, it's dumb luck whether or not they succ
55 SkyHigh777 : I'm actually looking more for responses like Sv7887 gave, citing his opinion but then sharing personal experience and some advice and options. If you
56 IAirAllie : Healthy attitude. I take it back if you can handle criticism as well as you did on this thread maybe your parents didn't over coddle you. Good Luck!
57 SkyHigh777 : Thanks for your opinions. I actually see where you are coming from and I appreciate your perspective. Maybe I'm doing it all backwards, but we'll see
58 StuckInCA : Many of us struggle with the problems you've described. I felt just like you when I was a few months in to my first "career" type job. I can't say I'v
59 SkyHigh777 : This is EXACTLY how I feel. I think that where you live, weather, etc has a lot to do with your overall enjoyment of life. I'm very much affected by
60 AirframeAS : This, I agree to. I lived in PHX for 5 years and I absolutely HATED it. Now I live in Colorado and I love it here. I can't see myself living anywhere
61 A346Dude : You're right, they make bold decisions with great confidence - even if these decisions seem stupid to other people.
62 SkyHigh777 : I'm getting a lot of ideas from this thread, thanks guys! I was in phoenix a few years ago and thought it was quite nice, esp the weather. What did yo
63 AirframeAS : The mid-July heat (the MOST!) and stupid people who don't know how to drive on I-10 and also on Loop 101.
64 Asuflyer05 : WOW! You quit your job before you had another? In this economy? That's crazy. Good luck dude!
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