Quitting the Job You Dislike Can Nudge You to the Right Career

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The most successful and happy employees Nathan Gebhard has met in the past 15 years are ones who “chased after an interest instead of an occupation.”

As a co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, the PBS series that interviews people from a wide spectrum of occupations, the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based creative director found that individuals who have built their livelihoods around what they like to do tend to be more fulfilled.

Instead of focusing on what is the right or wrong career for them, people should explore an interest and figure out if their skills match up with it. While it is good to experiment at different occupations, it is important to be decisive and “chose what’s most interesting to you right now,” he said.

“Pursuing an occupation is like taking binoculars and looking at them backwards and having tunnel vision,” Gebhard said. “Most of us lose sight of the opportunities around us.”

While common sense often dictates that frustrated workers who dislike their jobs or even their bosses or co-workers should think twice before they quit their current position, other options exists such as asking for different responsibilities or being transferred to another office.

Even workers who are utterly discouraged by their current job should continue looking for another position before they resign. The majority of employers seek to hire workers who are employed, said Ryan Naylor, president of LocalWork.com, a Phoenix-based employment website.

“We don't advise job seekers to quit their job, because employers see quitting as a red flag,” he said. “There are ways to spin the situation if you do quit, but it's best to avoid it if possible.”

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