Job Transitioning Due to Frustration in Current Role

Raymond Wang

Engineering Manager at Qadium



"It is fair to say that many of us have worked in a position or at a company that has created stress in our lives. It is the nature of our business. I have been frustrated at times and there were several occasions when I simply wanted to throw in the towel. However, there are cases where you are stuck in a situation that makes you feel exasperated or unhappy. This is when you have to dig down deep and decide if you are in, or if you are out. Are you going to try and make it work in your current role or should you move on and look for another job? If you are looking to exit gracefully from your position, here are some steps to take that allow you to walk away and find an opportunity that better suits your well-being."

Actions taken

  • Try to keep your current role and do what it takes to not get fired. This will give you the time and security to go look for exactly what you want.
  • It is valuable for you to focus on what the path looks like for you in the future and thinking about what it takes to get there. Create a plan that includes the pieces that are already in place, what your time frame is, and narrow down the companies that you might want to approach by thinking a lot about the profiles of companies that interest you.
  • Do an exercise where you write down what you want two weeks out, a month, three months, and six months out. Sitting down, writing out a solid plan, and keeping it in mind will make you feel better. It will also give you something concrete to hold on to.
  • When talking with companies, I believe the biggest criteria are the people in the organization. Of course there is the trend of the company, if it is well capitalized, and other important factors to consider, but for me what really matters are those people who I am going to be spending every single day with.

Lessons learned

  • "Generally, people stay in their roles too long and most people leave their jobs too late. This is because people try to find a way to make it work and that inertia is hard to decelerate. Additionally, finding a new job takes time and energy, thus, there are always a number of excuses that will lasso you into holding on for just a little bit longer."
  • "Go to a place where you can have a good time. From an employee ability perspective, it is easier to find a job where you can really jive because then you're going to be doing your best work, picking up new skills, and getting yourself to an overall good state of mind."

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