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25 People Who Quit Toxic Jobs With No Backup Plan

TristaNovember 5, 2021

11. Expanding Your Horizons

If you have the mindset of only ever working at one place, you’re not going to be very flexible for the workforce. Moreover, if you need to quit your job, you won’t be set up very well for working at something you’ve never done before. That’s why it’s best to have a wide array of skills under your belt so that you can be most employable in just about any industry out there. 

If you talk and act like you know what you’re doing, then everyone else will believe it. It helps if you train yourself in your own time and gain some knowledge about the field you’re applying for, but otherwise, with the right amount of confidence, you can convince anyone that you’re the right fit for any job like @Kalichica1.

10. Giving Your All 

You want to feel appreciated in your job. That you’re putting your effort to prove to your employers you care about working for them. You put in extra hours and they still end up not being happy with you. That can put a real damper on your motivation levels, especially when they tell you that you “could have done more.” That’s what happened to @brandonkindred at a job they thought they loved.

However, even after putting in all of that hard work and raising their company’s profits by a significant margin, they still got a poor review. Knowing that they literally couldn’t have done any more work to make matters better, they quit. They were lucky enough to get another job offer a few days later. This person did find a better situation.

9. Controlling and Awful

The majority of the stories here are focused on employers who don’t know how to treat their employees right. They’ve either been toxic and controlling, don’t care about their employees’ well-being, or are nosy. One would think that an employer would be more understanding towards the plights of their employees and care more about them, but that seems to be the opposite. The only thing they seem to care about is making money, regardless of whom they have to lose in the process.

@thunderratz seemed to have that experience with their employer and didn’t regret walking out as soon as they could. They provide some good advice, too, in quitting when it would be easiest to get another job, such as a great hiring season and focusing on your mental health over loyalty to a job.

8. Time Away From Family

Another reason some people quit their jobs because they want to focus on the time they have with growing children. That is time that easily slips away, and you can never get it back. A job will always be there when you’re ready to start working again. That’s why @soldi3005_ decided to look for a job that was better suited to them spending more time with their child.

They eventually quit their job and hopped online to find a job two weeks later. It gave them better pay and much more time with their family to have their cake and eat it too. Be mindful that there are jobs out there that are fulfilling and won’t burden you with stress. You just have to know where to look.

7. Having Money Makes It Easier

When the pressure is on, you can completely surprise yourself with what you’re capable of. It’s still a good idea to have some measures in place. @NicoleDeniseIAm shared their story that they had as much as six months’ worth of savings to rely on when they quit their job, making it much easier to find a job they wanted to work in.

They also determined not to let the idea of not having a job get to them, as that would be a self-defeating attitude. Instead, they kept their head up and persevered, looking for a great job in a new city that would be a good fit for them. They sound much happier with their new situation than they were with their old one. It’s the best outcome anyone can hope for when they’re thinking about leaving their current job.

6. Your Best Talents Could Save Your Life

If you know you’re good at something, turning those talents into job prospects doesn’t hurt. It won’t be easy, but it’s better than having nothing at all. @AliciasAProblem quit their job without a plan. However, instead of sitting on their hands, they offered their services as a babysitter. This ended up being the best decision for them.

Because of the network and rapport they built with other families, they ended up making enough money to keep them afloat until they found another full-time job that they loved. They may not rely on babysitting anymore, but they still do it now and again because it gives them some extra money.

5. A Job Isn’t Worth Your Mental Health

Everyone looks forward to being happy and stable at their job. They want it to be something fulfilling that they enjoy going to every day as part of their daily routine. It shouldn’t be something they dread going to, or else the work isn’t going to be worth it. So when @whereis_mo realized that their mental health wasn’t faring very well in the job they were in, they decided to get out.

They had a manager who constantly threatened to fire them over and over again. Maybe the manager was trying to motivate them to work harder, but this plan backfired because they ended up quitting right on the spot. Instead, they left and went to their local library to let off steam. That led to them finding a new career in music instead. Maybe that manager’s lousy attitude was why this person found a new career that they loved.

4. Sometimes It Takes A Bad Employer

It can take one bad moment for you to discover what you want out of life: to be respected, to work on your own schedule, or even to just be happy in your work. It took this person’s employer to make them realize what they wanted out of a job. Even with no savings in their pocket, they quit on the spot. @jh3yy headed out into the world to find what they were looking for.

Furthermore, they weren’t disappointed once they put the work in to find something that they loved. They didn’t settle for the first thing that came along and held out for what they wanted instead. The adrenaline rush of not knowing what was going to happen was certainly a kick in the pants. Yet it sounds like they had no regrets about the choices they made to get to where they are now.

3. It Pays To Stay Vigilant 

It can be easy to get down on yourself, especially when it feels like nothing is going your way. But all of these shared stories have one thing in common: never giving up. Settling for a toxic environment is never the best choice. You have to persevere and stick with the search. That goes double even in the face of adversity to find what you’re looking for.

It’s a good idea to keep looking, even if nothing seems to be up your alley. It also doesn’t hurt to look in employment areas you’ve never considered before. You might be surprised to find how many skills you have that match their criteria that could land you that new job, like it did for @stefanotheone.

2. Have A Plan Ahead 

@anilop offered some very sound advice. Firstly, they state to have some savings to rely on so that you’re not accepting the first job that comes your way. That could end up being a mistake if it ends up being another dead-end job. Even if you want to quit your job that very day, it might be better to wait a week or two until you have a few things in place to help you stay afloat.

Another good idea is to give yourself a grace period of at least three weeks where you’re not doing anything. That way, you can prepare your headspace for looking for another job. It sounds like a waste of time. However, you’d be better off having a clear head to find the job you love than to look for one in a panic. If you can help it, don’t accept the first one that crosses your path.

1. Quitting Becomes Easier To Do

Don’t think that just because you find the job, you love in the end that you have to stick with it. It’s quickly becoming a new trend for the next generation to routinely change jobs so that they can expand their talents and try out a variety of things they’ve never considered before.

As @Miss_Lillyrose can attest, they’ve already changed jobs three times. Then, they ended up becoming the owner of their own business. If the option is available to you and you have a great support system, take the plunge and start looking for a new job when you can. You might be surprised how much happier you can be somewhere else.