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Good Reasons For Leaving A Job

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Woman Leaving Job

Everyone has their own opinions on this topic and it is a decision that needs to be made by the individual. It can either be an external force or an internal force that drives this decision. The main reason people say they’re leaving a position is because they are unhappy or not enjoying the position but the main question is, why are you unhappy? Often people say they’re unhappy with their manager, personal development opportunities or the direction the business is taking but you need to delve deeper to ensure you don’t end up in the same situation the next time around. So what are good reasons for leaving a job?


If it’s simply because you’re unhappy with your manager, take a step back and reflect on why. It could be their communication or management style through to the way in which they work or are unrealistic expectations put on you. 

Speak to someone, whether it be HR or a mentor in the organisation and see if there is something that can be changed. Or simply admit defeat. Other times it might simply be you are not compatible with each other at no fault of anyone. Some people just click and others don’t but be mindful it is different if you badmouth or blame someone as to why you’re not happy and this is very different to simply not getting along.

Personal Development

When looking at personal development it is important to note that it isn’t just about an upward move, it could be a sideways move or even a backwards more depending on your individual circumstances. 

We are all aware that ongoing development and performance discussions should be happening between manager and team member however it doesn’t always lead to the result you are after. 

Be open and honest and if the opportunity isn’t available in your current workplace then it is worth looking for a new role.

Organisational change

Organisations are constantly changing and adapting to what is happening in the world and not just because it’s 2020 and the whole world has been turned upside down! They need to adapt to competitors, markets, economic change, globalisation and the list goes on. 

Not every employee will adapt and accept the change or even like the direction of where the business is going. 

Be respectful, don’t openly criticise the changes in a negative manner, continue to perform at your role and ensure you leave with a lasting impression.

Life circumstances

Like organisations, life changes! You could have a change in passion, location, health, family situation or just want to start afresh!

Be honest with yourself and focus on what’s important and express that. If you’ve recognised a reason for change then embrace it and power forward onto a new challenge!

You’ve lost your drive

In a nutshell, you no longer like what you’re doing, you’ve lost your passion. 

Some people wake up in the morning and realise the job they are in is not what they want to do for the rest of their lives or even that week and suddenly have a vision of where they want to be and how to get there. It could be as big as a career change or that you just want a new role in a different company. Others realise they want an entire change in career and have no idea where to go or what to do. Seek guidance and it could be in the form of reflecting upon yourself and what drives you, a mentor, a career coach or counsellor. 

Be sure the next step you take is what you are passionate about!

Final Word

When leaving a role, make sure it is the right decisions for you and your situation, be mindful of your long term goals and don’t be afraid to reach out for help, guidance or just an ear.
If you’re unhappy in your current role and want help with your resume, interview training or career coaching reach out at www.thepeakhr.com