The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely caused many workers to question if it is still safe to work on their current careers. Since the virus is still under research and a vaccine is nowhere to be found, many are now asking themselves if they should quit their jobs and just find another job that won’t put them in front of the virus.
This pandemic has hit everyone hard. Even for us. We were deliberating to relocate back to Singapore after 7 years overseas. Grandparents are missing their only grandchild was a huge motivating factor. To do that, it means my husband will have to resign from his post and we moved back. The pandemic puts an end to our deliberation. There is no way we will quit our job in the mid of craziness.
Every situation is different. Every family is different. If you are on the fence on whether you should quit now, here are some of the factors that will come into play:
Unemployment Will Persist
Every industry is affected by the virus and there is no uncertainty whether things will be back to normal soon even after the virus is neutralised through a vaccine or medicine. With that said, it is uncertain whether you will be able to find job openings that will be able to hold on throughout the pandemic and even after it.
Even if there are job openings available, it is possible you won’t be able to find a job immediately because the openings will be flooded with applications. Your application will definitely need to be eye-catching to even be considered for the position.
Losing Career Experience
For many employers, they will look into your career history to see if you will be able to keep up with the changing working environment. With the pandemic still ongoing, they will definitely see if you will be able to adapt and have the right skills necessary to keep up with the new working environment.
If you quit now, it is possible that you won’t be able to learn more about the innovations in your chosen career. Even if you are good with some aspects of the job, failure to be familiar with the new innovations will be a blackmark in your chances in getting a new job.
Abandoning Your Career
If you are in an industry that is vital to the current fight against the pandemic, it is possible that people will look down on you for quitting. You will have to consider what people will think about your decision to quit if they want you for their job opening.
Of course, There Are Exceptions
If you are abused at the workplace or you really cannot stand yourself working one more day in that company, for the sake of your health (mental, emotional, physical), you should really tender your resignation letter.
There is no job worth doing at the cost of your health. Even in the worst recession.
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What Should I Do If I Really Want to Quit?
Companies or businesses will definitely be ok if you tell them that you are quitting because of your concern for your family’s health and well-being. But, before you quit, you should check if you have enough means to handle your expenses and needs while you are without a stable job.
You should also consider work from home jobs as a temporary means to get funds while you wait. You should also look into the offers you will get because some of them may look good for now, but may not be able to weather another pandemic in the future.
It is uncertain to say whether life will be back to normal once the pandemic is over. If you are considering your career options, it is best to research and see what opportunities will be up ahead in the future. If the risk is something you can take and you have plans ready to help you in your new career.
To quit or not to quit is a big decision that one shouldn’t make lightly. Here are some of my articles to help you:
To Quit or To Stay? What Gives?
Signs Someone Makes A Month before they quit
Writing a Resignation Letter
What is the One Thing Your Company did that Made You Resign?
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