5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Job… and a Few Reasons You Shouldn't

Suddenly that 20-hour per week job that you were so excited to land during week one (extra cash—hooray!) is starting to stress you out. Sure, it seemed feasible then, but that was “syllabus week” and you didn’t know yet that your accounting class was going to eat you alive this semester.
 
This is just one of many scenarios that might tempt you to quit your job. Most collegiettes never want to quit because they are afraid of how it might affect their resume or they don’t want to stop getting paychecks. However, there are many situations when quitting your job might be the best solution. HC has determined five circumstances in which quitting is ok as well as some situations in which you should reconsider.
 
1. You’ve overcommitted yourself this semester.
One of the great things about college is the never-ending list of activities or organizations you can join. Whether you’re on a sports team, in a sorority or writing for your school paper (or all three!), you may realize that juggling all of this is just more than you can handle.
 
If your many commitments are causing your grades to drop, it may be time to quit your job. “Many college students have a lot on their plates, and although a job may seem necessary to pull in some much-needed cash, it could distract from their studies,” says Heather R. Huhman, career expert and founder and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy company. “If your outside job is getting in the way of excelling in your classes, it might be time to quit in order to focus on your degree—after all, you’re spending a lot of money on your education.”
 
2. Your boss is disrespectful.

If your boss takes The Devil Wears Prada to the next level, chances are you’re feeling overworked and frustrated. In a 2004 poll of 1 million U.S. workers, Gallup concluded that the No.1 1 reason people quit their jobs is because of a bad boss or supervisor. “People leave managers not companies… in the end, turnover is mostly a manager issue,” Gallup said in the survey findings.
 
However, it’s important to know that there is a difference between simply not liking your boss (that can be fixed!) and being disrespected at your job. If your boss is bullying you, harassing you or not respecting your legal rights, you are completely justified in quitting (and reporting them).
 
3. You’ve landed a great internship in your field of study.
Ultimately, the best way to ensure that you get a job you both want and enjoy after graduation (especially in this economy!) is to have as many related internships as possible. “Although many internships are unpaid, they provide the experience you’ll need in order to get an entry-level job after graduation,” says Huhman.
 
You might be hesitant to leave your paid part-time job for an unpaid internship, but in the long run you’ll create more contacts in your industry andhave a better idea of what you want to do after graduation.

4. You aren’t learning anything.
While you’re in school, jobs can help you earn a little extra cash to pay electricity bills or tuition. But, most importantly, jobs should teach you transferable skills.
 
Learning to work with a team, how to communicate or specific technical skills can be more important than you think in your future jobs. “Many jobs held before graduation can be related to your field of study, so working at the bookstore for two years while in school could give you the upper hand when it comes time for your entry-level job search,” says Huhman.  
 
However, if your job isn’t helping you learn anything new, it might be time to step back and assess whether it’s worth keeping. Sure, you can keep at it for the extra cash, but you might be better off finding a job that will help you with your career goals.


5. You’re just plain ol’ miserable! 
If your job is affecting your sleep, health or really just making you bitter about life, you might want to reassess how important the job is to you. The Mayo Clinic suggests evaluating your current work-life balance and then applying new strategies to achieve a better state-of-mind. Some of these strategies include:

  • Learning to say “no”
  • Disconnecting from work when you’re in class or at home
  • Nurturing yourself with enough sleep, food and exercise to stay healthy

Remember, you’re only in college for a few years! Don’t exhaust yourself to the point where you’re already burnt out by the time you enter the workforce.

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