12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job
So you've been rehearsing your "You can't fire me—I quit!" speech in the mirror. But are you sure you want to take it out of the bathroom?
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11. Are You Succumbing to the Nostalgia Bug?
I tend to wax poetic about a barista job my husband tells me I actually hated. So how do you know whether an urge to return to a former field is misplaced nostalgia for a hazily recalled "simpler" time in your life or everything coming full circle? Noah Pinzur, a Chicago-based finance associate, told me that he was returning to a startup after years at a large bank because he remembered that he "enjoyed working in what was essentially a startup environment in 2003," adding, "l loved that environment." It was the specific job responsibilities and roles that he missed. Going back to a former field can also offer, ironically, a chance to move forward as a person. After working as a medical technician, Deirdre MacNamara left the field to bartend and write. Seventeen years later, she's working as a medical tech again and "determined to make this go-round work better." She said: "Now, having worked in other fields and living through friends' illnesses and seeing my dad through his final days, I'm much clearer on what it is to be a patient or the loved one of a patient. I want to use this opportunity to strengthen my skills and make a living, yeah, but also to test my humanity skills."
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