Help! Should I quit my job?

United States
October 18, 2009 5:20pm CST
I recently relocated overseas for a promotion and have since found out that the position is not what it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, it's not the "promotion" that was promised, and I am stuck doing a lesser job than I was previously. However, the contract is for a year and I love the country I'm now living in and don't really want to leave early. However, by staying in my position, I could be hurting myself professionally, even if living abroad means growing personally. What should I do? Should I resign from my position and go home to where I know I have a solid job and professional growth? Or should I stay the year long contract with a really bad position, but an amazing opportunity to live somewhere I love?
10 responses
• New Zealand
19 Oct 09
I understand that the situation you're into is quite hard. I've been away now for 6 months from my home country, left my wonderful job there and now a simple housewife. It's been hard for me emotionally to be away from most of my love ones and the comfort of familiarity. No matter how hard it is though, I find happiness knowing the fact that it's just a minor sacrifice compared to the greater things in store for me and my family. There are a lot of things we should consider in making decisions. What I normally do and what I'd like to suggest is write down on a piece of paper the pros and cons of staying or not so you can decide logically. However, you may also have to consider your emotions. Like, do you feel homesick most of the time that it's gonna hinder much your productivity? Or is there someone greatly affected by your decision? Or anyhting similar to that. I hope this will help you. Carpe Diem!
@Zenstrive (239)
• Indonesia
19 Oct 09
Do you have bigger salary in your new place? Do you have new things you need to learn there? If so, don't worry. You'll have new experiences by staying there. It's only a year.
19 Oct 09
My suggestion is look for something else and try and stay. I personally could not work in a job if i was unhappy with it even if it did mean staying in the country. I hope you do whats best for you and everything works out okay.
• United States
19 Oct 09
I say go home. You may love the place you are living at, but don't you have to leave it anyway once the contract is up. If so, what is the point in staying? If the money is good, however, then I would finish out the year and enjoy your time there. Do you have a chance to enjoy the weekends, or do you have to work 6-7 days a week. If you are working all the time, then it's not worth staying because you won't be able to enjoy the place your staying at. It seems to me, however, that you do have some free time to enjoy your surroundings. In any case, I say terminate your contract early and go home. No use being miserable at your job. We spend most of our waking hours at work, so if the majority of time we are in bad surroundings, then it's not worth the hastle.
@solared (1209)
• United States
19 Oct 09
never quit a job unless you have one available, also if you like the area try an find a job that you like in that area.
@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
19 Oct 09
Well, I do feel that you will have to weigh all the pros and cons before deciding. On one hand, you like the country you are currently working, while on the other hand, the job is not what you like to do. Well, it's really up to you to think what you want at this moment in time. You have to ask yourself these questions. If you leave the country and the overseas stint, do you feel that you will be happier back home? What are the consequences for breaking of the contract? In addition, you may also want to try talking to both your upper management in the home country, as well as the manager here on your issues on work before deciding. Hope this helps. Happy mylotting...
@mynestegg (520)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Stay! For goodness sake, stay! And while you're there, find opportunities for employment in the country you love. If you are growing personally then that means it is good for you. I'm sure that you will also see growth professionally. If it makes you happy then do it!
• United States
18 Oct 09
That one has a lot of Ifs, and a lot of Depends, personally, if I really loved the country, I think I would stay. if you are making enough to survive, that's what counts. But if you think you are compromising your survivability later in life, then you should definitely go back instead of staying. I wish you the best of luck in whichever path you take :)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I'm something of a free-spirit, hippie sort, so I don't know that I'm the best qualified to answer career questions. But when it comes to a choice between personal growth and financial growth, I say personal growth wins hands down, so long as you can still earn enough to support yourself and you have a safety net/back-up plan. I think a person focussed on personal growth is more likely to be happy, regardless of income amount. Also, while persuing the path of personal growth, there is no telling what sorts of opportunities will arise. Perhaps you will be able to grow personally and professionally. The contract is only for a year. You obviously love the place you're in, and who knows if you would ever get a chance to live there again. I say to keep up your good relations and communications with the employers back home, and then put up with the crappy job and accept it as part of the cost of living and learning in your new country. Maybe you can seek out some work on the side, "moonlighting," to continue the advancement of your career? Besides, in our global economy, experience working abroad can be very marketable. Best wishes, whichever path you choose! :)
@GoGirl149 (154)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
I think you should absolutely STAY!!! You are learning so much by living in a different country. You don't know what the future holds or if you'll be available to relocate the next time an opportunity abroad comes along, so take advantage of it now. Your profile says you're 23 - by golly that leaves you plenty of time for professional development once you're back home.