Hi all, this may seem like a silly thing to ask however I need to see what others think..
basically i have been saying i am going to visit Thailand/aus/nz -basically see a bit of the world for a min of 6 months- since i finished college however i didnt have the money so said i would do it end of uni. However a week after graduating i landed a job in an area similar to my degree so took it.
i got a lovely apartment ( so didnt have to move back home- not a good environment) and since then i have worked my way up in the company however as its a charity progression and pay is slow and there are no real long term prospects.
Now i really really reallly love my job and the other staff and I all get along so well and almost every day im nearly crying with laughter but we get the work done
Up untill this year i have been in a relationship since 17 so I now feel emotionally ready to go away as i have no love ties.
i really want to go away.... however my job keeps holding me back... and i dont know how to pluck up the courage to 'quit' to go travel. I have asked work and they are not in the position to be able to keep my position open. and getting back into a similar role would be hard as funding for positions is rare. Every April there's usually a risk of redundancy but ive been lucky to sail through 3 years. To make matters worse most of my friends who I graduated with have not managed to get into 'gainful employment' in the chosen area and ended up working min wage retail jobs.
so basically im worried that il quit go traveling then come back and have no job/back to living with family/ no money....... but i dont want to leave it another few years as i could have settled down by then and want children etc.
Has anyone been in a similar position where the loved their job but left to follow travel dreams? Or should i stay in my job......AH
btw im 25
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- Thread Starter
- 17-04-2013 22:02
- 18-04-2013 11:21
If you've saved up, it sounds like you want to quit and travel, so I'd do it. When you scour Europe on an Interrailling trip, you frequently come across Aussies and New Zealanders who recently quit their jobs to see a bit of the world, and they're usually really happy for it.
You've held down a job for three years and future employers will probably look kindly on a sabbatical because you have had experience and commitment post-graduating, when a lot of other people don't.
- 18-04-2013 16:07
Not quiet in the same boat, but I had to leave a job I didn't like but paid well (after 3 years), went travelling and upon my return fell into what might just be the best job in the world.
If you'd told me before it happened that I would lose my job, not look for another one, travel for 3 years, break my back, recover return and find an awesome job... Well I would have laughed at any one of those points, never mind ever imagined they might all happen...
We have no idea what the future will bring.
Your life is in a comfortable rut. As you said, there is no progression or real money to be made, it hardly sounds like a job where every extra week you spend in it gives you so much more money/opportunity that you can't leave for fear of losing some future payoff. Quit and go!
Edit - quitting does require some guts, but all I can say is that those of who got made redundant (much easier than quitting!) were generally better off down the line (however you define that) than those who stayed...Last edited by brabzzz; 18-04-2013 at 16:15.
- Thread Starter
- 18-04-2013 23:29
thank you BOTH for replying .
Quitting and taking the jump is so hard i just dont know what to do but like you both summarised life is too short and if i don't eventually go il look back and regret it
the job pays OK but i have no more to progress its not the money that drives me though its how much i love it!
- 18-04-2013 23:37
Do it. What are you realistically going to gain by staying here, the ability to live in a nice flat and be able to afford an iphone 5 and satellite tv? Thats no way to live.Last edited by Gary Barlow; 18-04-2013 at 23:42.
- 18-04-2013 23:40
No chance you could do the work whilst you are travelling?
Edit: Don't understand the neg. OP said they wouldn't keep position open which I assume means for when they come back to the UK which makes sense. That doesn't mean they wouldn't let you work from a distance.Last edited by Pawsies; 19-04-2013 at 00:23.
- Thread Starter
- 20-04-2013 00:51
i didnt neg rep you pawsies i dont know why someone would.
and no the work is very specific so couldn't be done whilst away x
- 21-04-2013 22:28
Do it, adventure awaits
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