Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

I don't like my job anymore. Should I quit or continue doing it?

281 Answers
Last Updated: 12/16/2019 at 5:36pm
I don't like my job anymore. Should I quit or continue doing it?
★ This question about Work Stress was starred by a moderator on 5/12/2016.
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Meredith Seltzer, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

The therapeutic relationship can assist you in accomplishing your goals and clarifying your wants and needs. As a skilled counselor and therapist I will help you along the way

Top Rated Answers
July 30th, 2015 3:03pm
Quitting is not a solution.Find out if its your own personal problems that's mixing up with your work life.Try to fix them and then reevaluate.But of course its the job that is getting the best of you then take a break for a few days and the resume your work.But once again, giving up on something or escaping the unwanted should be considered only after trying all other options to fix the problem.
July 30th, 2015 8:25pm
Continue doing it until you find something else. Secure another job or go back to school. It's better you are being paid to look for something and than having no job, no money and no idea when you will get a job. Also it looks better to the next job and you won't have to answer the "what have you been doing since your last job" question with something negative
July 31st, 2015 9:39am
It's all about practicality nowadays. If you need money, then you have to do your best because jobs aren't easy to have now.
July 31st, 2015 12:10pm
Remember to do what makes you happy. As that is what is most important. If you are unhappy look for another job. It's not the end of the world.
August 1st, 2015 2:48am
Move on, life is too short to be taken advantage of at a work not suiting your natural abilities but do this in a thankful positive manner. Consider finding a new job before you quit to avoid the feeling of void with all the extra free time youll have. Social events are a good way to meet new people and find opportunities. Its better to act now than worry about it forever. Change is in your hands :)
August 1st, 2015 1:28pm
Sounds like you don't like your job anymore and are not sure whether to continue with it or quit. Tell me more.
August 1st, 2015 4:23pm
you need to know why you don't like it anymore. is it because of the work tasks or the environment. and of course the consequences as well. if you quit and you sure you could get a better job then go on and give it a try. but you also need to know if you can handle the why you don't like your job anymore then why quit. never use the reason i don't like my job anymore to quit. because there are no guarantee if you will eventually like your new job anymore. if you don't like your new job too are you going to quit again?
August 2nd, 2015 3:05am
Honestly it would depend on your situation. If its a part time job and you know you will be ok before you are able to find a new job yeah i would. If you cant just leave and survive economically wait and begin the job search.
August 2nd, 2015 2:03pm
If i don't like my job I feel sad and demotivated in continuing it. So i would quit it for another job that i like most
August 2nd, 2015 2:04pm
In my experience it is best to do what you like as often as you can. Whether it is work or free time I feel better when I like what I do.
August 5th, 2015 12:45am
If you don't like your job before you quit ask yourself if it something you are able to change e.g is it the hours? if so try seeing if you are able to change that if so give it ago and see if changes your opinion. If you still don't like your job try searching for something you will enjoy!
August 5th, 2015 8:53am
Not liking your job anymore suggests you did like it to start with. Think about what has changed in the role that you don't like? Has the role changed or has your ambitions? Make a list of what makes you happy in the job against what you don't like in the job. If the pro's outweigh the cons then it's always time to look elsewhere, but never just ditch a job in the hope of finding something better. It plays havoc with financial commitments and looks bad on your CV.
August 5th, 2015 1:55pm
In my opinion, you should continue with your work while you're looking for a new one that like you. And then you could leave your actual work.
August 5th, 2015 5:55pm
It would be easier to continue doing your job and possibly start to look for another one while you have a job. I believe it is easier to find a job while you currently have one. Even though you do not like your job, keep in mind that you are learning and growing and gaining knowledge that will benefit you at your next job.
August 5th, 2015 10:24pm
What depression is not is grief. Feeling very upset and in mourning after a loss is completely appropriate and even important in processing the loss. Feeling sadness after divorce, losing someone close to you, losing a job or having to move is very normal and does not require treatment. It is wise to talk to others and find support systems so that the sadness does not evolve into depression. However, if those feelings seem to happen a lot, and sadness or fear take over, they can impair your ability to function and to enjoy your life. This is what a true depression can do. If you are motivated to understand why and how to manage them better, then I highly recommend psychotherapy where you will learn the tools to better cope with the day-to-day struggles of life.
August 6th, 2015 11:07am
Have you identified the reason for not like your job anymore? Identifying the cause of the dislike can help with future decisions.
August 6th, 2015 5:21pm
start looking for a new job that you'll like better, but don't quit before you find something else you never know you may change your mind.
August 6th, 2015 6:35pm
The thing that I think about this, is that when you are working, you should love the job that you are doing and not be miserable when you come to work, you should come to work happy and leave happy! If you aren't happy, then it is up to you on what the next decision to make, personally, I would quit and find a job that really interests me!
August 7th, 2015 12:06am
I think whether one quits or continue's a Job is both an emotional and financial touching point. In the end I suppose it comes down to three factors. Can I survive the interval period between Jobs. Is my Happiness more Important than the Money, and what would I like to do If I leave this job?
August 7th, 2015 5:57am
Continue until you find another job so you won't be financially set back. That way nothing financially will fall apart in your life.
August 7th, 2015 9:13pm
It's important that you consider all options available to you might be best to have another job lined up before you quit so that you don't feel anxious about leaving
August 8th, 2015 1:58am
Continue until you find something more satisfying so that you can transfer seamlessly. It also looks better to the new job.
August 8th, 2015 8:54am
But do you have enough reason to back yourself in the case you doubt your decision of quitting in the future?
August 8th, 2015 5:19pm
I love working here!! It is so amazing to see the change of people going from sad to happy and Confused to understanding what they need to do.
August 8th, 2015 6:45pm
In the same situation I would ask myself, is this job helping me get closer to my dream career? Is it providing me experience that I can use to ascertain a better job or admittance to a school? If the answer is no, then I'd myself why am I at this job? What are the pros of keeping this job other than that it pays the bills? If the job is not interesting, is not giving me the experience I need, and I'm always dreading going to work then I would search for another job. I would always wait until I have another job lined up before quitting though.
August 8th, 2015 11:37pm
It's important to really think about any big decision before you go through with it, including whether you would like to continue your job or not. Happiness with your job affects more than just your work life, it affects your social and emotional health as well. But it's also important to take into account your finances and whether you can afford to leave your job or ensure that you have another job lined up once you leave your current one. Or perhaps you have savings and can afford to take a break and kind of search for a job that you might enjoy more. I always want to strive for balanced happiness in my life, but I also want to do so in an intelligent manner and not jump into any decisions that I might later regret. In any case, this isn't something that anyone but yourself can truly answer for you, since it's a very personal matter and can affect your life in ways that others may not be aware of.
August 9th, 2015 4:00pm
I think if you are in a position where you can go and find something else that you should. I am of the belief people should try to have as many new experiences as they can. Trying different jobs and fields can be exciting. If you are unhappy at a job it can affect other things in your life and rob you of your joy. Of course, you are not always able to change jobs.
August 9th, 2015 6:47pm
See if you can talk to the people you work for and work out a plan that makes working there good for you. Find the reason you dislike work. If it is because of struggles in your personal life you may need a break from work and see if you like it better when your issues are resolved. If you find the reason you dislike work is because of something mandatory your work involves, try and find a new job. Communication with your employer is key in this situation.
August 12th, 2015 12:42am
I'm sorry to hear that you dislike your job now. Unfortunately it would not be helpful for me to make the decision for you. It is your life and there are many more decisions to come so get in the habit of making your own decisions and accepting responsibility for them. There are 2 forces in decisions like this: pushing forces and pulling forces. Commonly, pushing forces spark a decision like this; horrible treatment, disrespect, over-work, etc. However, I encourage you to forget about work for a moment and ask yourself about what you want from your life on a daily basis, soon and in the foreseeable future. Understand what you love and what you dislike. Write it all down. Take all this knowledge and envision what you need to do to make it a reality. Now ask and answer these questions yourself: Hhow does staying or quitting line up with this ideal state of life? Is there any way your employers can help if you stay? Can you plan your exit and line something up better before you actually leave? These are the pulling forces; the best way to leave. However, do not ignore the pushing forces.
August 12th, 2015 4:32am
as the saying goes "do what makes you happy" but sometimes thats a lot easier said than done. So do what you hate, till you find what you want to do and go for it, but dont quit now, find something first