This is my story, of how I quit my job and then went back to it. It might help you decide what to do, in case you are thinking of quitting your job.
Why do we work?
We never really, and I mean, REALLY answer this question.
I worked for 5 years as a PHP developer for a big company, and I was fortunate enough to climb up the company ladder from a junior to a senior developer.
I thought I understood a thing or two about my career, but I couldn't have been more wrong!
So, I quit that job, seeking adventures.
First stop: freelance.
In the past years, I've heard so much about freelance and remote working, that I wanted to give it a shot as a full time gig. Long story short, I didn't like it.
Second (and last) stop: find a new job.
The good news is: there's lots of jobs in IT!
Even before I start sending my resume, I got invited by several companies for job interviews (you can check my past articles about job interviews). Some were awful, but most of them were beneficial and informative.
I still believe that the job interview process should change radically, because it really doesn't reflect the work that you have done nor the work that you are gonna do. But well...
Almost a month later, I landed 2 jobs. I had to pick one of them. A PHP Superhero! Wow...
The thing is, just a week before I get the job, I started thinking about my whole journey.
From quitting my job till finding the new job, it took about 5 months. But those were incredible 5 months! I learned a lot about myself, but most of all, I got closer to answering the question: why do we work?
Let me change the question: why would you leave a company for another?
More money? Benefits? Prestige? Acquaintances?
Well, there's lots of reasons why you would change jobs. But why do we work? It is because we need money. Well, Duh! Usually, the answers are so simple but we still fail to see them because we see the simple answer but we want to give more complicated, self-righteous, purpose-filling answer!
Simply put, you are a specialist of some sort. There's companies that are running businesses, and they need someone with your specialty to work for them, to produce results. Why would you spend your time and energy for them? Because they offer to give you money (and benefits). What's the difference between these companies? Not much, really, nor there is any difference between you and the other chump with your same specialty.
A company picks you for some minor reasons over the next person, and you choose them over some minor reasons over the next company.
They pay you, you produce results. And so on, until one gets fed up with the other.
Working for company A or company B doesn't change a thing!
You work for money.
Career? It is a fancy word for work-timeline.
We work for money and we live for whatever reasons we each have.
I quit my job to find adventures, and I did. I have learned a lot, but the most important thing that I learned was APPRECIATION. I now appreciate everything I got, but I also have ambitions to get more.
Appreciate and be ambitious!