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Millennials: Thinking About Quitting Your Job? You’re Not Alone.

Topics: Work Culture

When you hear about a lot of people all leaving the same company, you may tend to think that there’s something wrong with the organization. But what does it mean when people from the same generation are all planning to leave their jobs? Well, that’s what is happening with Millennials. In fact, a recent survey revealed that two out of three Millennial workers plan to quit their current jobs by 2020 — which is now less than four years away. There may be some signs it’s time for you to consider leaving, too.

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In some cases, it may just be time to go. You’ve been at a company for a long time and you’re looking to diversify your portfolio a little bit. Good for you: get out there and pursue what you love. But for many of us, it’s not so simple: and you might need a little encouragement to take that next step.

Do You Know What You're Worth?

If you’re feeling discouraged about your current work situation, don’t just up and leave with no warning. But if you feel strongly that one of the following instances fits your present circumstances, you may need to ask yourself some serious questions.

There’s No More Room at the Top.

Not everyone belongs in the C-suite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still move up the food chain. An article from Forbes points out that if you’re in a dead end job and you don’t feel like you can grow there anymore, it may very well be time to move on.

What qualifies as a dead-end job? While there may not be hard data to prove you’re in one, Forbes goes on to say that “dead end” jobs usually make it extremely hard to get a promotion, and the responsibilities you hold rarely — if ever — evolve over long periods of time. Talk to your manager if you feel like you haven’t been able to grow. Express your concern gently, and see if there’s room to fix it. If not, move on.

They’re Not Focusing on Your Area of Interest.

If your company can’t accommodate your professional development, it’s hard to find a reason to stay very long. When I quit working as an SEO copywriter on the West Coast to move to New York, one of my managers passed on the advice that I should be willing to take a pay cut to pursue the kind of writing that I really want to do in the long term. There’s no sense in wasting time with a job that can’t help you pursue your specialty when you’ve got multiple options. It will indeed take patience.

Check out this helpful article from The Muse on what it means to define and clarify your “career values.” If you can’t fulfill them at your current job, it may be time to move on.

You Can No Longer Support Leadership’s Decisions.

A survey conducted by Edelman in 2013 revealed that only 18 percent of workers in America trust their bosses to tell the truth. That’s a startlingly small number. And it’s a serious issue when you feel like your boss isn’t being honest.

A number of experts weighed in on an article from Madame Noire, and the common wisdom seems to be that if you fundamentally disagree with a company’s actions, or believe them to be unethical, it’s time to start looking for a new company. If you can’t support leadership, then you’re not going to be able to do your best work.

Tell Us What You Think

What was the telltale sign that you needed to move on from your job? Still stuck wondering what the right move is? Is this writer just full of negative and dangerously impulsive advice? Share your advice and insights in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter!

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We’ve all been told time and again, no matter what your industry, “don’t burn your bridges when you leave”. That’s something worthy of keeping in mind, however, if the bridge you’re about to burn, by quitting on the spot, w/o any notice what so ever, if that bridge was the bridge separating EAST and WEST Berlin during the Cold War Era, and as soon as you cross the bridge, “East Berlin Guards start shooting at your vehicle as you frantically… Read more »


The true distinction that I have, is that I have been given the opportunity to grow as much as I want to grow based on my own motivations and goals. The problem is that the direct management does not have to ability to guide my growth. They simply state that this is the role you will play, and you are on your own to devise a system to make it work. This is great. It is something everyone aspires to… Read more »


In the 1980’s the general rule was that if you want to improve your pay and control position in an organization, you change jobs at roughly 5 year points. No matter what your job was, learn your job and your direct supervisors job. Then when you change jobs at that 5 year mark, you apply for the type of position your supervisor held. Do this until you reach the level you’re happy and with the amount of responsibility you can… Read more »


Hi This is banupriya. I would like to put a query infront of you experts to suggest and guide with your support. I have worked for an MNC company as IT support analyst hired through contract company as a contractor and getting paid by the same.When it was going bit fine unfortunately I have got terminated marking under disciplinary action saying that it is because of uninformed leaves which has not done by any other previous company and educational institutions… Read more »


Millenials have it right, quitting jobs early. Maybe they watched their parents work diligently, only to be given the pink slip. Maybe they resolved to be smarter, maybe they resolved to do better.

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