When I quit my job as the lead developer of a well established creative agency in Atlanta, with clients like Walmart, GM, Caterpillar, Newell Rubbermaid and pretty much any major brand you could think of in May it was for several reasons and I’m glad that I took that chance. The first reason was, I felt that I had out grown that position. The ability to move forward and obtain the role that I wanted seem to get further and further out of my reach, along with some difficulties that I think most jobs will have, this job seemed unfit for me and I felt it was time to move on.
The second reason and the real driving force behind me leaving was I wanted to get back to having fun with web development. After working for agencies for 4 years I was starting to lose my passion and it was becoming a job and I wanted to get back to being my own boss. There was always “Well this is what the client wants” and I wasn’t in the position to say the client is an idiot and you shouldn’t have approved it. Granted, I would not say that to any of my own clients but I’d have the platform to tell them why what they’re asking for is bad for the user.
Conveniently, a friend had a project right around this time that was pretty lucrative and he told me that if I wanted to come work with him he could pay me for the next 2 months. That was all I needed to hear, that week I put in my notice and I was ready to get started. During this time we were unable to secure more work and the money from the initial project was running low. Some may call that a failure but I see it as we didn’t succeed in the way we wanted to. However, this opportunity got me out of a job that I was unhappy and lead to me increasing my salary 50 percent in just 6 months and pursuing more fulfilling work. It wasn’t an easy task and took a lot of interviews, research, and soul searching.
Moral of the story, if you’re under the age of 30 and have an opportunity to take a risk that could prove to be very beneficial or get you out of a situation that you’re not happy with, I say take it. If you want to quit your job and travel the world for a year, do it, but you better have enough bank roll to get you through the first few months and know when to fold. Had I not taken that chance I’d still be at a job I’m unhappy with making drastically less than what my peers are making and still telling myself I’ll find another job soon while feeling unfulfilled in my career. I know all too well its extremely difficult to look for a new job while maintaining your old job. The last thing you want is for your current employer to know you’re seeking new employment.