Can I Quit a Good Job?

I have a great job. It pays well, I work with a great team, I have been given many great opportunities, and I am learning a lot and developing my skills. I am currently working on a very high-profile project that, over the next 2 years will provide me with valuable experience and exposure.

The problem is that I’m bored out of my skull. I’m an underutilized resource. While the work is good, the pace is excruciatingly slow, and I could do so much more. Yes, I have asked for more work, but considering I am fully funded and am promised to our client as full time, I am not permitted to take on other work as well.

The question is, do I stick it out for a couple years to gain the experience and make me more valuable to my next employer, or do I jump ship now because the day to day is less than ideal?

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    You should leave if you can. If you’re not gaining experience at a fast pace then you are becoming less valueable to the workplace at large.

    If you needed a cushy job so that you could deal with another part of your life, this would be a good job. But it sounds like you are at a learning and growing stage of your worklife and you need to do that. There is no value to staying in a job for two years just to show that you can. Job hopping is fine. Just make sure you can show that you did a good job in this position when interviewers ask.

    Here’s a post I wrote about how to make sure you’ve done enough at a job for your resume before you jump ship


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