I Quit

Have you ever done something (said yes to that date, went down that street, ate that burrito) when you knew in the deepest part of your being that it wasn’t right for you?  Well, this is one of those stories for me.

I quit a job after being there for only 3 weeks. 

So, how did this happen? Flashback to August of this year. I wanted to make some extra money to help pay for my supervision hours so I could get my independent license.  I hopped on Indeed and applied to jobs that sounded interesting and were a good fit for my skills.  The particular job in question was a great match and would allow me to work with teenagers again in an educational capacity. I sent in my resume and got a reply in less than 20 minutes, asking me if I’d like to interview for the position.  Fast forward about a week and a half later, I was offered the position. I gladly accepted it.

But, I had a gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach that the job was not right for me. I ignored the feeling and pressed on. I went through their training, met the teenagers that I’d be working with, and participated one of their fundraising events. The feeling would pass, I thought. When it didn’t, I grew more anxious.  While I still thought the position and the organization were incredible, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it wasn’t right.

As the days grew closer to when I would be there again, I searched for “how to quit a job you just started”. I was hoping to find validation and tips on how to do it.  I talked with trusted friends and family members.  My mother, as wise as ever, knew the feelings that I was having before I wanted to admit them to myself.  She told me that I had to do what was best for me.  I mustered up the courage to email my supervisor my resignation.

Though the anxiety about what to do was over, I ruminated on what my supervisor would think of me for quitting so soon.  I messaged my friends and family constantly, updating them that my supervisor had not yet responded to my email. I did get an email back, about two days after I sent it. There was no ill-will and they wished me the best.

I was going to wait until January to quit, but I could not handle the anxiety that I was feeling. I knew that the position was not right for me and took action.

What I want to leave you with today is:

You don’t have to stay. You can always, always leave.

Briana is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master’s of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention.  Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.

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  1. Heidi Heft LaPorte says:

    Courage has many faces and one of the is yours! Thank you for sharing your story

  2. Nisha says:

    Would love to know how this worked out for you. Are you still content with this decision?

    1. Briana says:

      Hi Nisha! Yes, I’m still happy with my decision. Although it was a great opportunity, it was not right for me at this point in my life. I’m looking forward to other opportunities that have come my way since then. Thank you for asking!

  3. Stacie says:

    Trust your gut. It is always right! I have turned down many positions because I just didn’t feel good about the environment.

  4. Lauren Floyd says:

    Girl, if you have to leave, you have to leave. You know what’s best for you in the long-run. I never feel bad about quitting a job because trust, companies will most certainly fire you when it doesn’t suit them anymore.

  5. Leslie says:

    Good for you! I have quit a job or two before but that was when I paid rent and before motherhood. I always wonder now if under different circumstances would I stay? I think I would. Peace of mind is pricesless.

  6. Jo says:

    Go with your gut. If a situation doesn’t feel right, chances are it isn’t. Hopefully you will find something that is a great match.

  7. Kita says:

    Life is too short to go to some place that gives you anxiety daily. I think this is good to share this experience for other people who might need this message right now.

  8. curvatudeadmin says:

    Indeed. Life is too short to stay in things that don’t work for you. Kudos to you for not waiting until January and just doing it.

  9. Mimi Green says:

    Yes to following your gut. I’ve been guilty of staying even though I was miserable. I know better know, peace of mind is everything.

  10. Kiwi says:

    You listened to your gut feeling. It just wasnt for you but so happy you made a decision that you knew would be best for yourself.

  11. ChiChi Nwizu says:

    So glad you went with your gut feelings. Imagine if you had stayed and the negative feelings that would have built up while there. Especially since you’re working with a vulnerable population. I’m happy you did the right thing in this situation.

  12. MUAKimPorter says:

    Always go with your gut. Just imagine how much stress you would have been if had you stayed? You saved yourself.

  13. ShaBree Henry says:

    I know that feeling. It’s so important to trust your gutt. Congratulations on doing what’s best for you.

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