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How to Quit Your Job and Find a Career You Love

Many of us want to quit work, but aren’t ready to actually hand in the resignation letter. These tips on how to quit your job and find a career you love will help you move forward with hope and confidence.

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On How to Quit Your Job When You’re Scared, a reader said that her supervisor is so sweet and supportive, but the job doesn’t match her heart. “I’ve told her how I feel, and she does not want to let me go since she thinks that my performance is too good. I really want to quit my job, but I don’t know how. I want to be a teacher and I am working as an Education Consultant (well, that’s what they call it but my job is actually as a salesperson selling educational programs). What makes it worse is that I am working among teachers, which is my dream job. I have told what I want to do, but she doesn’t understand. This makes me want to quit even faster. What should I do?”

The easy answer is to quit your job and go back to school! But it’s not that easy, is it? These tips on how to quit your job might help you get unstuck…

How to Quit Your Job and Find a Career You Love

These thoughts on quitting a job that makes you unhappy in are inspired by my reader’s comment, but they apply to all of us.

Figure out why you haven’t quit your job yet

Work-related reasons for not quitting include loyalty to your current boss, guilty feelings, pressure to stay, and even workplace bullying. Personal reasons include family obligations, financial responsibilities, fear of not finding another job, and even plain old laziness.

You haven’t found a career you love because you feel stuck where you are. You feel stuck in your job because you don’t know what your dream career is. It’s Catch 22, a downward spiral! Unless you’re like the reader who commented on How to Quit Your Job When You’re Scared. She knows what her dream job is, but she’s scared to disappoint her boss.

If you haven’t quit your job because of financial reasons, read 10 Highest Paying Jobs for College Students. This article is especially helpful if you’re going back to school to pursue the career you love.

Deal with your fears

Being afraid is what stops everyone from quitting jobs they hate. Regardless of what the specific reason is, the bottom line is fear. Fear of disappointing your boss or coworkers, fear of not finding a career you love, fear of not having enough money to pay the bills, fear of letting your family down, fear of not getting into the right college or university.

Fear of the unknown. How do you deal with fears that don’t exist? When you figure that out, then you’ll know how to quit your job. Lucky for you, I have the answer!

Surrender your life to God

The number one way to deal with your fears – whether you’re quitting your job or moving to Africa or starting a new relationship – is to hand it all over. Do you know the freedom, peace, and joy that comes with surrendering your life to your Creator? It’s awesome! Comforting. Life-giving. Empowering.

How to Quit Your Job
How to Quit Your Job and Find a Career You Love

If you want to know how to quit your job and find a career you love, you need to balance action with surrender. What does this look like in practice? Here’s an example: do research on finding the right job for you (take action) and pray for God’s guidance and blessing.

You might start by reading Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People.

Ask for wisdom and guidance on how to quit your job

Maybe you’re like my reader, and you know exactly why you can’t quit your job. She’s scared of what her boss will say or do. What if she doesn’t get a good recommendation or reference letter? What if her boss gets mad at her? What if her boss’s feelings are hurt?

One way to get wisdom and guidance is to ask for help online and in person. That’s an awesome way to get practical tips on how to quit your job and find a career you love. But, it won’t fill you with confidence and faith. Practical information is easy to get. Facts are everywhere. You can search for “how to write a resignation letter” and find exactly what you need. You can research “how to quit your job” and read a billion articles by a billion writers who offer practical tips.

But what you really need is a source of faith, hope, and guidance that comes from above. Don’t ask me how to quit your job and find a career you love…ask God. He created you, He loves you dearly, and He wants the best for you. He made you for a specific purpose here on earth. If you follow Him and seek His wisdom and guidance, then you will know how to quit your job. Jesus said “Fear not” ALL the time, and he wasn’t just talking to the people in front of him.

Be honest and kind in your resignation letter

I won’t offer tips for writing letters of resignation here; you can find a million examples online. Instead, I just want to encourage you to be authentic and honest as you share your reasons for quitting.

find a job you love
find a job you love

My reader said her boss is sweet and supportive – but her boss also doesn’t want to lose a valuable employee who’s good at her job! Her boss is doing her job. She’s retaining employees so she doesn’t have to go through the hassle of posting the job opening, interviewing candidates, deciding who to hire, and training the new employee.

All you have to do is write a resignation letter that says how much you value and appreciate your employer. Thank her for her time and energy, and say how sorry you are that your time with this company has come to an end. Tell her that your passion for finding a career you love has made you outgrow you current position, so you must regretfully quit your job.

Ask someone you respect to read your resignation letter, to ensure you haven’t left anything out.

If you’re my age (45), read How to Make a Career Change at 40.

I welcome your thoughts on how to quit your job below. How will you find a career you love?


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3 thoughts on “How to Quit Your Job and Find a Career You Love”

  1. What a great question, Janice! That’s something I hadn’t considered: what if you go to all that trouble to quit your job and find a career you love…only to discover that you don’t really love the new job at all! Worse, you hate it.

    I started sharing my thoughts here in the comments section, and it turned into an entire blog post 🙂

    How to Reinvent Yourself When You Have No Guarantees

    I hope it helps. It sounds like you know how to get what you want and need out of life, which is awesome! And you’re learning more about who you are and what you want to do. Again, awesome.

    Read my article. Let me know what you think.

    All good things,

  2. Thank you for this. Only someone who has gone through this can understand what it is really like at age 47 to reinvent yourself. Thanks for highlighting the thing that keeps us stuck the most – fear. I’m afraid that once I pursue my ideal job that I may not like it. After all, I prayed and begged for this job. I got it and now hate it. I’m afraid that my new career will be the same way so what do I do now?

  3. Leaving a career and finding a job you love can be struggle. Especially if you left something behind you truly loved. Thank you for sharing how to leave your job and find a career you love.