There are a lot of good reasons to quit a job: Your values don't align with those of your employer; you don't get along with your boss; you're not passionate about the work you're doing; you're burnt out; you've got a better offer in hand.
But perhaps the biggest sign it's time to throw in the towel is that pit-in-your-stomach feeling some of us get when the weekend comes to a close ... also known as the "Sunday Night Blues" or the "Sunday Scaries."
Of course we all experience the occasional wave of dread on Sunday evening — especially after a fun weekend or when you have a particularly busy workweek ahead. In fact, a whopping 76% of American workers say they get the Sunday Night Blues, according to a Monster survey.
But if you spend every Sunday feeling anxious, depressed, or fearful — sobbing on the couch, drafting your "I'm sick" email for Monday morning — it's probably time to move on from your current job.
She says writing down your feelings always adds clarity. "You don't have to produce an elaborate, perfectly crafted document of pros and cons," she explains. "It's sometimes easier, more heartfelt and effective to jot down your thoughts in a free form way, as if you were having a conversation." For example: "I'm feeling as if I have to work at this company, or else I will ..." or, "I feel sick when I think about how my boss has been acting towards me." "As you read it, your feelings can better evolve into specific actions," she says.
Life is way too short to squander on a job that causes you prolonged misery or stress, Taylor adds. "The anxiety can spill into your weekend, and not just steal your joy — but compromise your health, too. The key thing to remember is that you do have choices. Your career future is only limited by your imagination."
Patients may require occupational therapy to manage a lifelong medical condition or the effects of a stroke, accident or other physical trauma. OTAs help these patients live as independently as possible, teaching them to perform daily tasks, such as brushing their teeth and getting dressed. To enter the field, OTAs need to earn an associate degree, which typically takes about two years.
Accountants inspect financial records and may work for government agencies, private corporations, nonprofits or individual clients. While an associate degree is available for accounting, employers may prefer a bachelor's or master's degree.
OTs help patients build or restore their ability to perform daily tasks and work toward certain goals. Licensed OTs typically need to earn a master's degree, pass board examinations and complete a fieldwork requirement.
Registered nurses monitor a patient's condition, perform medical procedures and administer medicine. Entry-level RN positions are available with an associate degree, but a bachelor's degree is becoming the industry standard.
Cartographers specialize in drawing maps, which have seen reinvention in an environment where millions of people look at GPS-enabled maps on cellphones and interactive maps online. Cartographers typically must earn a bachelor's degree in cartography or a related field.
Web developers build websites, working with software applications or writing code to get the job done. Employers typically prefer a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field. Specialized certifications may also demonstrate expertise in a certain area.
Physicians manage patients for a variety of medical issues, doing everything from diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses to prescribing medicine. Becoming a physician is no easy path. Aspiring physicians need to attend medical school and complete advanced training requirements.
Workers in this business-related field dive into raw data and mathematical equations to help businesses make educated decisions. A bachelor's degree in math, business or industrial engineering can open the door for entry-level workers. Some employers may favor master's degree recipients.
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PTs help patients battling physical issues or injuries regain movement and manage pain. To enter the field, hopefuls must typically complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, as well as residency and licensing requirements.
Software developers design computer programs, often flexing their creative muscles and technical know-how. A bachelor's degree in computer science is typical – but not required – as are strong programming skills.
OB-GYNs specialize in women's reproductive health, managing everything from contraception to childbirth. Like other medical fields, the road to becoming an OB-GYN is paved with medical school, licensing examinations and residency requirements.
These health professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating issues related to the mind and mental health. Becoming a psychiatrist requires a medical school degree and additional specialized training.
Nurse practitioners treat patients for a variety of issues and ailments and may be able to work independently from a physician. To enter the field, hopefuls must earn specialized credentials on top of their nursing degree.
These registered nurses specialize in anesthesiology, administering drugs to minimize the pain of procedures. These health professionals undergo training on top of their nursing degree to specialize in this area.
Anyone with a mouth full of braces can tell you about orthodontists. Professionals in this No. 1 ranked job straighten teeth and align bites. Among other requirements, orthodontists must attend dental school and receive specialized training.