5 Things I Considered Before Resigning From My Job

For quite some time I knew I wasn’t happy within my job. Before making the final decision to resign I thought about the following points in great depth. If you are in a similar situation, I understand how you feel, you just want out. Use the topics and make a plan for yourself, this not only helps to identify what it is that you want from your next role but also keeps you productive while you are seeking a new job.

Reasons for resigning from my job

Personally, a mix of reasons influenced my decision – You can read about them here. This needs to be clear within your own head, future employers will ask your reasoning for deciding to leave your job.  This leads us onto the next important topic.

Personal finances

Everyone’s financial circumstances are different, this alone can determine whether you are able to resign from your job or not. I still live at home with my parents, they are extremely understanding and agreed with my reasons for resigning from my job. I only have a fairly small amount of bills, plus there are lots of things I can do without for a little while. Using this information I can calculate how long my savings will last me.

If you are going to resign, I suggest calculating all of your expenses first and how long you are able to live off your savings. I have developed a spreadsheet that you can use to easily work this out – link is at the bottom of this post. There is also a personal budget spreadsheet included if you just wish to get organised with your own finances.

Things I would do whilst unemployed

When not working, I am someone who can easily get bored and restless. For this reason I needed a clear plan and a couple of goals for what I want to achieve. A mix of goals including personal project/hobbies and career related – such as taking a course or generally researching different industries. However, remember to give yourself a break at the same time.

The effect on my career

 If resigning from my job meant taking a step backward in my career, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I knew that I no longer wanted to be in that industry anymore, the next role I am in is going to be completely different. As long as I can justify my reasons for leaving, I don’t see it being a huge issue. We all have the right to look after ourselves and our well-being.

A back up plan

Create a back up plan. I have an idea in my head of what I am going to do if my current plan doesn’t work out how I want it to. I have decided that I may need to widen my job search in order to find quicker. In the meantime I know I have items that I could possibly sell to make extra income.


Resigning from your job is a very nerve-wracking thing to do, following the steps above will help to you remain calm and collected with clear goals for you to work towards.

I hope this post has been helpful – If you have any questions leave a comment below!

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