Stop Feeling Guilty About Quitting Your Job

The time has come. There’s no denying it. You loved this job when you first started - you were fully engaged and learning each and every day, but it seems you've outgrown your role and you’re ready to move on to bigger and better things. So what’s this pit in your stomach? 

If the idea of walking into your boss’s office to break the news is giving you the bad kinda butterflies, you’re not alone. That feeling causing you to sweat and shake and pull your hair out might just be guilt. We’ve all been there. The guilt hits you hard and you begin to second-guess your decision - even though you know it’s the right one for you. Well, all of that stops here with three reasons to stop feeling guilty about quitting your job. 

You should put yourself first.  

While putting the company's needs before your own might earn you an Employee of the Week trophy or two - failing to prioritize yourself in the long run can lead to bitterness, stagnation and wasted time. So ask yourself these questions: What direction do you want your life to take? Where do you see your career in 5 years? What will it take to get you there? These are questions that should be answered by you and you alone. Don’t let guilt hold you back from doing what’s best for you. 

A great boss will wish you well. 

A great boss should be a mentor who feels invested in your professional growth and development beyond your tenure at this company—and if quitting your job and moving on is the way for you to do that, she’ll wish you well and maybe even offer a glowing letter of recommendation. 

Everybody's doing it.  

Now I've never been one for peer pressure, but I thought you should know. Job hopping is the new normal. In fact, one study found that 91% of millennials expect to stay at a new job for less than three years. Now, I'm not saying you should leave your job because other people are leaving theirs, but what you should realize is that your boss is fully aware of the new job hopping culture. It's becoming more and more common for professionals to climb the ladder diagonally, and while it's never fun to lose a great employee, it shouldn't come as a surprise either.