Leaving a Job You Love

Many of the professionals I work with come because they are stuck, frustrated, bored and are in jobs or organizations that they quite frankly hate.  Occasionally I work with professionals who mostly just want something more or something else.  But sometimes, people come because they have lost or circumstances are forcing them to leave a job that they love and have loved for a long time.

This is a unique and particularly difficult type of transition.  Before someone can move on and see possibility they have to go through some feelings of grief and loss.  Allowing themselves to feel anger, denial, and depression, not in an attempt get rooted in the past but as a way to honor the place and role the job or organization held for them for so many years.

Just as people are dynamic and ever changing, so are jobs and organizations.  Nothing or no one stays the same and that is ok because evolution and growth require change.

Another reason leaving a job you love is particularly difficult is because your identity may be closely tied to that job or organization.  It had become who you are, what you are known for and what you have taken pride in.  Now that has been taken away and you feel lost, grappling with the question “if I am not that, than who am I?”

It is facing these difficult feelings and questions is where we often start our transition work.  There has to be release of the past, acceptance of the situation and belief in possibility before you can move foreword.

 

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