Thinking about your finances is the first thing you should do. Consider your budget. As mentioned above, starting a new business or changing your career might involve a transition period. If you are still in the early stages of figuring out where you will go next with your career, determine the lifestyle you want. Do you want a company that allows you to travel sometimes? Are you willing to work from home at certain times? Are you interested in working for yourself?
Start Sooner Rather Than Later
It is common to think about changing jobs (or an entire career) and worry that you are either too young or too old, or that you do not have enough experience to go for the career you really want. At the end of the day though, you have plenty of options if you want to build a new career or just get a position that is a few steps above the one you have now.
The most important thing is not to hesitate. Do not waste time worrying about whether or not it is the right time to start preparing for something better. While you do not want to quit your current job without a plan in place, you should always be willing to start planning your job switch.
Here are some additional tips to help you quit:
- Be ready to respond to a counteroffer from your current employer.
- Tell your boss before anyone else if you get a new job that you are going to take.
- Always resign in person.