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Should you really quit a job you don’t like?

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It’s Saturday and I must say, it’s the laziest in months so far. Please tell me what your Saturday looks like in the comments section. I am definitely not the only one still rolling in the sheets.

But I am wondering if it makes sense to quit a job just because you don’t like it? And speaking of ‘like’, it’s such a stressful word. Why so flunctuating? I raise my hands to the fact that it’s just a feeling and like every other feeling put together, it fades and intensifies anyhow.

The other day I heard this smooth motivational speaker say something about leaving a job that doesn’t make you happy. ‘Here we go again’ I muttered under my breath. I have nothing against motivational speakers by the way, especially if you are smooth!

So dude’s asking me to quit what’s giving me the right to walk into a store with Naira prints? Oh boy. I don’t know tho, it’s cray man!

But it’s got me thinking, really. Where is the line? Where do we adjust it and how far can we shift it? Also, what do we mean when we say ‘like’? ‘Like’ as in ‘makes me happy’ or ‘like’ as in ‘I can’t wait to get to work’. Or ‘like’ as in ‘no one is frustrating me at work and everything seems pretty fine’.

Should you really quit a job you don’t like? What about the bills, the ‘I am employed’ badge? What about everything else that has to do with not being non-employed?

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(32) Comments

  1. It all depends on the person doing the job and what makes him detest the job, I guess. I teach at a secondary school and I don’t like the job only because the pay isn’t worth the value I’m giving to the school. Plus I overwork myself.

    There, I teach about seven subjects, resume work before 7:30, close for work no earlier than 5:00 PM. There’s no time to write, blog and do other things I like doing… Did I forget to mention I also teach there on Saturdays?

    See ehn, as much as I hate the job, it’s still helping me pay the bills. So, in my opinion, don’t quit a job you don’t like, until you find a better job.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmm, Obinna, that’s a big one o. Seven subjects? Like 1,2,3…7? What’s that?!

      1. It’s what you get for being an O’level cert holder. ? ?

        1. Esther Adeniyi says:

          Oh my, that’s so sick man. How is it even possible to be productive. Mhen Nigerian employers tho!!!

        2. Esther Adeniyi says:

          But you know ehn, it’s a journey and it’s all good.

  2. Funmilola says:

    Why, I would quit anything that takes my joy away or stresses me. I don’t care about bills if my peace is involved. I just don’t care. You should work in a place with an inhumane boss, you just don’t have any care for bills.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmm, that’s intense ? I understand that feeling though. Your peace matters, I guess.

  3. It all depends on the person doing the job and what makes him detest the job, I guess. I teach at a secondary school and I don’t like the job only because the pay isn’t worth the value I’m giving to the school. Plus I overwork myself.

    There, I teach about seven subjects, resume work before 7:30, close for work no earlier than 5:00 PM. There’s no time to write, blog and do other things I like doing… Did I forget to mention I also teach there on Saturdays?

    See ehn, as much as I hate the job, it’s still helping me pay the bills. So, in my opinion, don’t quit a job you don’t like, until you find a better job.

  4. Jerry Amosun says:

    This can be somehow not straight forward because many things are involved here :

    1. How bad is the situation.
    2 can you cope with the circumstances while you scout for somewhere else

    Bills can be very heavy and drive one into depression. If u can cope, then cope until you find another place

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this

  5. Sisi Eko says:

    Same, I am still in bed. Lord knows I needed someone else to say the same.

    Well, I work for myself, so I don’t know. Just leave a job you don’t like. This life is too short. Bills will sort themselves. Just cut your costs and learn management!

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh, my team member. Let’s just spend the day in bed jhor. Life’s too short truly.

  6. Sandra Ovie says:

    Never leave a job until you have figured things out. I believe that bills can run you crazy. House rent, feeding, gas, anything. Some things we do for putting body and soul together though.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmm, bills can run one really cray o. I have experienced that firsthand before. I sank into depression!

  7. Damilare says:

    My Saturday looks like hell. A pipe just burst and I am going to mop all day. It is a big mess in here.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh my Damilare, so so sorry. That sounds really stressful. Jeez. We can hang out here while you are at it.

  8. Juliana says:

    Yes! The fuck should you quit a madass job. What’s with staying in shitty things though. There will always be a better job, damn.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Another intense one. ?

  9. Esther it depends on the kind of job o. There was a particular job that i spent just one week doing. Imagine, after conducting series of interviews that had lots of applicants showing up, I was the only one picked to do the job of ’10’ people. The pressure to make sales on a product that Nigerians don’t even care about made it worse. I just quit abeg.

    I prefer the job I’m doing now. Not that I love it perse but it’s not that bad and it pays my bills.

    What’s my Saturday like? I’m working on a screenplay for a christian movie producer and I’m so enjoying the flow of the story.

    http://www.ifegrace.com

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      It appears to me like some Nigerian employers have literally lost touch with their humanity though. Why so difficult?

  10. Job Aluge says:

    This is a nice write up.I am currently teaching in a Catholic primary school, considering leaving at the end of first term.There has actually been the fear of leaving and not getting another job immediately or getting a better one.
    But l am bent on quitting so as to search for a better one.
    What then will be your advice for me

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Well, I have always thought quitting a job is an extremely personal decision. It really is, actually. But after considering important factors, I think anyone should leave if the negatives far outweigh the positives in a way that is so glaring.

      Bills though. It is one important factor to consider, I think. Any plan for 3 months after? If you don’t get another job in 3 months, can you stay afloat financially?

  11. Esther, no time to waste o. We make the greatest impact we can in this life only when we spend our time doing something that is fulfilling to us.
    Bills need to get paid though. That’s a reality I have learnt to deal with, however the goal must be to get out of that job you don’t have a love or passion for. The journey of life is challenging enough. I feel like: why climb a hill when you don’t really care for what’s on top. It’ll be frustrating sooner or later. Climb a hill whose summit keeps you climbing and motivated, and the crazy climb itself will be fun.
    In addition it’s easier to find a way to make more money doing what you love than what you don’t. Your love for it increases your competence at it generally and the passion you bring to the table is priceless. I am living example as a teacher. I love the job and always have opportunity to earn much more than my salary.
    So I would say one should start working on getting what one really wants and leave that job as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid of the risk. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Wow. Thank you Fiyinfoluwa.

  12. Kolapo Imam says:

    I had to read all the comments on this particular post before dropping this shit, it’s realy not worth it maybe.

    Bills or no bills, no one has any gaddam right to joke with their mental self. If we keep talking about bills while neglecting one’s personal wellbeing, then the essence of having a good job is not justified.

    I’m actually on the verge of resigning from my present job not because I have other employers waving at me plus good pay or the fact that I trusted my hustle so much that it’s gonna pay my bills so we’ll for some while before I launch out but just for a single fact that one of the managements (maybe) careless about my life.

    Being unemployed doesn’t make someone jobless, if they don’t want you where you work I see no reason why you should force things or keep fighting for your natural rights every single day. Some staffs or management are not just cool to work with but that’s their choice anyway, you’re not rock my Sister, even words of the most high can move mountains, wake up fellas.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Kolapo, thank you for your submission, given that we just finished mental awareness worldwide. One thing I usually strongly advise too is that one get empowered in different ways with different skills so that one is needed. If you are needed because of your skill set, the transition into unemployment/another job will be much easier. A friend of mine usually says to make oneself indispensable at something really good.

  13. Idorenyin Effanga says:

    It depends on the reason you’re doing the job. If you’re doing it to get something doing, it means you have joy in doing something. But there’s no joy in doing something that takes your joy, so quit.
    If you’re doing cos that’s your only source of income, I advice you stay till you find something better. But, still, if it’s killing, quit. I beg you.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmmm, true

  14. Pelumi says:

    Quitting your job is not as easy as it sounds plus there is not one answer that fits all in this case. So many factors come into play here such as individuality, tolerance levels, mental capacity, general skill set, a whole lot. In general, this specifically boils down to the person in question and the unique circumstance around them.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmm, thank you very much for sharing this with us. I agree indeed, individuality is a very important factor! We all have different tolerance levels truly.

  15. Emmanuel Bolajoko says:

    Wish I was here yesterday. I got another job just yesterday. So I had quit my former job because of the way things fared. It was difficult to be productive. They wanted you to do everything, it was so difficult to work at that company. One day, I woke up and told them I was leaving. No pending job, no hope, just left. I applied for another job and in less than a month, I am back in. I cannot say that this will be the same story for each and every one person. Nevertheless, a terrible job can frustrate you. Sometimes it’s not even your boss’ attitude or your colleagues, it is just the work expectations and you are wondering, who is making these decisions. Have they forgotten that they employed human beings. I began to go to work on Saturdays to complete tasks. I was overwhelmed. It was a big mess.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Congratulations Emmanuel! We should celebrate your new job.

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