I'm in the information technology industry, but I want to quit my job without a backup. What should I do?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Cain Frye



I'm in the information technology industry, but I want to quit my job without a backup. What should I do?

Review your decision, rationally, one step at a time, one 'cause' at a time.

If you still 'have' to quit, consider the following:

  • What do you really want to do? And because?
  • Are you looking to acquire new skills, or refresh old skills, or take a break to de-stress, or completely realign your goals? Basically, assess your current situation and the next step.
  • The relevance of keeping your skill up-to-date / out-of-date, and the cost and time to re-equip
  • Support money in hand - during the planned break. It always helps to have an extra cushion here, as the time of re-entry is
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Review your decision, rationally, one step at a time, one 'cause' at a time.

If you still 'have' to quit, consider the following:

  • What do you really want to do? And because?
  • Are you looking to acquire new skills, or refresh old skills, or take a break to de-stress, or completely realign your goals? Basically, assess your current situation and the next step.
  • The relevance of keeping your skill up-to-date / out-of-date, and the cost and time to re-equip
  • Support money in hand - during the planned break. It always helps to have an extra cushion here, as the re-entry time is not fixed.
  • What do you plan to do in all your free time? Wish list ...

I hope this helps!

Why do you want to quit your IT job? Is there a chance that you can think about the reason and work towards it? Please do not make a decision hastily. You will need to have a solid backup plan now. Today's job market is very volatile and we will be hit by a recession as soon as the pandemic passes. So my suggestion is to wait this period until the situation normalizes and then you can possibly try to figure out the next steps and then it might be a safe bet to quit your current job.

Reconsider this plan. And have at least six months of pay deposited in the bank to live on while you find another job.

In the meantime, find out why you want to leave IT. Maybe it's just this job or this role. If not, make a list of the skills you have that are transferable to another field.

Have you considered seeing a professional counselor for help?

Good luck

  1. Save an emergency fund. Try to save at least 6 months of runway. This will drastically reduce your stress. If you have no money saved and you try to quit to become a freelancer, you will be very stressed about money, and this will likely decrease your performance.
  2. Select your main niche and service. Choose an industry to serve and a service that you will provide. Example: PPC advertising for chiropractors. This will make you stand out from the millions of other freelancers and position you as a specialist.
  3. Test the demand for your services. Talk to the industry you want
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  1. Save an emergency fund. Try to save at least 6 months of runway. This will drastically reduce your stress. If you have no money saved and you try to quit to become a freelancer, you will be very stressed about money, and this will likely decrease your performance.
  2. Select your main niche and service. Choose an industry to serve and a service that you will provide. Example: PPC advertising for chiropractors. This will make you stand out from the millions of other freelancers and position you as a specialist.
  3. Test the demand for your services. Talk to the industry you want to serve. Find out their problems and where they want to be. Ask them about their experience with a service like yours. If your service can help them get to where they want to be, there is a chance they will invest in it.
  4. Do pro-bono work. If you are a new freelancer, it will be much easier to win new projects if you have previous projects. Your past projects (portfolio) show that you have created results for your clients. You can do pro bono work to get the first projects under your belt, which can lead to a good testimonial and referrals for paying clients.
  5. Win clients. Start winning customers even while you're employed. Most employers agree with this. Even if yours isn't, you're still giving up, so what have you got to lose? If you can learn how to win clients and complete projects while you are employed, then it will be even easier once you leave your job.

People are different.

Some people may consider the crappy codebase to be just "part of the job". It is perfectly reasonable when you do your job for the sole purpose of making money. You sell your time and you don't care much what happens between 9 and 5. Anyway, it is not your problem to solve it.

But things are very different if you do your job with passion. If you are one of those people, you just can't ignore it. It is personal and disguised. You feel like you've fallen into a sewer full of horrible, stinky things. It is absolutely below your personal standards and expectations and

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People are different.

Some people may consider the crappy codebase to be just "part of the job". It is perfectly reasonable when you do your job for the sole purpose of making money. You sell your time and you don't care much what happens between 9 and 5. Anyway, it is not your problem to solve it.

But things are very different if you do your job with passion. If you are one of those people, you just can't ignore it. It is personal and disguised. You feel like you've fallen into a sewer full of horrible, stinky things. It's absolutely below your personal standards and expectations and it's just something you can't deal with, because that would mean compromising your core values ​​and identity.

In my observation, 90-95% of people fall into the first category. It happens that I am in the second.

Speaking for myself, I probably wouldn't abandon a project solely because of a horrible code base, at least as long as the people and culture are nice. Those things are much more important in the long run. However, bad code base and bad culture are often closely related, and for very good reasons. So when it comes down to it, it usually comes in a "complete package."

Due to the shortage of developers, people have no problem finding work. This could also be a factor. Ultimately, the decision to quit a company depends on a complex combination of expectations, values, relationships, and salary. Human behavior is irrational and chaotic and we don't always do what is logical or what is best for us.

I was once tested on my nerves because my choice of naming variables was not compatible with what the team expected. After more than 35 years of experience, I have a whole philosophy dedicated to naming variables, and my eyes hurt when I have to look at theirs. It was a brainless experience, absolutely insignificant but brutally painful. I suffered several bouts of depression and really was about to leave the project. Fortunately I survived, but next time I prefer to choose a team that better matches my values ​​and allows me to be creative and independent.

Never give up.

Brother / sister, never give up. Please understand that most people have no passion. Do you think the person next to you in your cubicle has one? No. But look at how he projects it.

You may be thinking this probably because

  1. Your earnings are relatively less than your counterpart or your friend or your college classmate or anyone you have as a standard.
  2. You might think that probably after you quit smoking, the doors of your dreams would open. Probably not'.
  3. You don't want to do what other people do.
  4. You may want to get rich / rise to the top probably in a year or two.
  5. You don't want to live a normal mi
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Never give up.

Brother / sister, never give up. Please understand that most people have no passion. Do you think the person next to you in your cubicle has one? No. But look at how he projects it.

You may be thinking this probably because

  1. Your earnings are relatively less than your counterpart or your friend or your college classmate or anyone you have as a standard.
  2. You might think that probably after you quit smoking, the doors of your dreams would open. Probably not'.
  3. You don't want to do what other people do.
  4. You may want to get rich / rise to the top probably in a year or two.
  5. You don't want to live a normal middle-class life.
  6. You've gotten used to the saying that IT jobs are boring, since you do the same work as nearly 80% of people with an engineering or background training. That is a myth!
  7. You have been made to work on a domain that your company chooses and not the one you wanted to choose. Never mind. Each domain has its peak. Start to work.
  8. You wanted to do something else, but you keep sitting because of your inner fear.
  9. You are not in a good team, you are not a good manager, you are not in a bad technology, etc.
  10. Your friends enjoy their lives because they follow their passion.
  11. All success begins only after taking a risk. So you want to risk quitting / All motivational people made it only after they quit / quit.
  12. You think you are in a safer area by having a job. So he assumed he would take risks only after leaving that area.

The above are all pure myth. My friend please understand that, what you are probably thinking is also what the world thinks or it may be the guy in your next cubicle.

I don't want to demotivate you here. Many of our generation do not have what is called dream / goal / passion / nothing. Money for our generation is a standard of satisfaction. You can never change that. People might tell you otherwise. It can sound great only when listening when you have money and a job / source of income on hand.

If you have a plan / an interest in something else, probably technology, engineering, teaching, music, theater, etc. and you've been doing it so far, I probably would have suggested otherwise. But that too with 'DO NOT GO OUT'. People I know excel at these things by not quitting their jobs. They still manage very well.

Dude, the people you talk to, spend time with, enjoy, won't stay with you forever. Your friends may contact you probably a month or two after you quit smoking. After that, they would be the same, but the things you see would be different. Your downtime would be much longer now. Then the thoughts will turn like hell. An idle mind is like hell. You cannot control its spread.

Great ideas, thoughts, and innovations will only flow when you're busy. When you become inactive, the thoughts would go in search of money, life, etc.

So, start staying happy where you are and dreaming from where you are. Never dream after you quit. Understand that you will never be in the same state again. Believe that you are always different. Always start thinking 10 years in advance.

Talk to a lot of people. Make friends. Enjoy with them. Tour alone. Read books ranging from fiction to philosophy. See more failure stories than success stories to motivate yourself. Volunteer at everything. Get certified on your job. Attend as many trainings as you can. Start developing an additional skill. If that doesn't suit you, start preparing for your college entrance exams / PSU / can be anything. If these are not your area of ​​interest, you are probably thinking about starting your own business. If so, start working right now. Sleep less, work late into the night, read more, learn more, observe, research, formulate a plan, learn the statistics, find your PVU, do everything until you have a new setup that now takes more time than you can accommodate. But until this step never lose hope. If you are not thinking about any of these or are very confused, don't worry. You are still on track. Keep up with what you're doing, but a little bit happy. Believe me, that will change the whole perspective of the things you have been seeing so far and usher in an avenue of new ideas.

In general, do anything and everything until that gives you maximum satisfaction / a good life / makes you comfortable / is very respectable. Until then, DON'T STOP.

IT has the highest turnover of any field and I am part of the billing. That's right, IT has a higher churn rate than retail. Why?

  • I didn't quit because I had a bad boss. It was pretty good.
  • I didn't quit because I was overworked. See my post on having a job where I do practically nothing. Daniel Hall's answer to Are there jobs where people get paid for doing practically nothing?
  • I didn't quit because I didn't like the salary, it was fine.
  • I didn't quit because it was a toxic work environment, the people were very friendly.

I quit because it was boring. After a few months he had learned his system.

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IT has the highest turnover of any field and I am part of the billing. That's right, IT has a higher churn rate than retail. Why?

  • I didn't quit because I had a bad boss. It was pretty good.
  • I didn't quit because I was overworked. See my post on having a job where I do practically nothing. Daniel Hall's answer to Are there jobs where people get paid for doing practically nothing?
  • I didn't quit because I didn't like the salary, it was fine.
  • I didn't quit because it was a toxic work environment, the people were very friendly.

I quit because it was boring. After a few months I learned his system, fixed his problems, and automated his pipeline. So all you had to do was sit bored waiting for something to go wrong. So I quit.

I love learning new things and solving new problems. That is why I turned to computer science and how I was able to get to where I am today. And that's how I'll be even better in the future, learning new things and continuing to grow.

What do you get when you pay some of the smartest, most creative, and most motivated people out there a ton of money to make them feel bored taking care of your computer system? Record sales volume!

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Against the advice of my many commenters, I quit my job of doing nothing to focus on job hunting. It was the right decision, as it allowed me to spend more time searching, motivated me more, and gave me the option to move to where the jobs are. I found my next job just a few months after searching.

I thought you knew what a do-nothing job was, I was wrong. My job was with a consulting company called Infosys. They were supposed to take me from one consulting job to another. Those jobs never materialized, so I sat at home cashing a paycheck for a lot more money than I was getting at my last job.

I used the time to get my current software development job. It's MUCH busier and more fun than my previous jobs. But I had to take a pay cut to get it.

The question confuses me. On the one hand, are you asking for jobs similar to those found in the information technology sector, but at the same time wanting to exit the industry entirely?

I suppose what you are trying to ask is that you want to do something different than what you are doing now, but you are not sure that you can do something radically different.

Start a small business slowly. Now, understand me well, I am not telling you to start a business, but to start your own business.

What's the difference, you ask?

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The question confuses me. On the one hand, are you asking for jobs similar to those found in the information technology sector, but at the same time wanting to exit the industry entirely?

I suppose what you are trying to ask is that you want to do something different than what you are doing now, but you are not sure that you can do something radically different.

Start a small business slowly. Now, understand me well, I am not telling you to start a business, but to start your own business.

What's the difference, you ask?

A startup tries to disrupt and innovate the way things happen. They provide an alternative way of doing the same or together they provide something new. A startup requires your 150% dedication. Since you said you wanted to "slowly" get out of the industry, I suppose you want to keep your current job until you find the right job that gives you what you want.

So a startup is not for you!

So what I am recommending is setting up a small business. Can be anything!! Sell ​​things online, invest some money in a restaurant where you contribute the capital and someone else makes the effort. It may be some kind of offline business, such as a distributor / merchant of products. It can also be an active investment in capital markets and derivatives trading.

The advantage of all this is that you can work on them from your office or later in the evening. These companies don't need your full time and focus. But they would also grow slowly.

I can attest that this can work as I personally know people who have done it and done it well. I would be happy to connect if you wish.

Quitting my job twice without having a new job in hand would qualify me to answer this question.

Like many other young people in this country, I completed my engineering at the not so famous university of Bengaluru.

I was glad I was selected by the campus in one of the good manufacturing companies with a good salary and all the other benefits. This was enough to drive me crazy the day I was selected at that company.

After completing Bachelor of Engineering I traveled to Mumbai to join this wonderful company for a week of training with a lot of hope and enthusiasm.

After a week,

I did not have the same energy and

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Quitting my job twice without having a new job in hand would qualify me to answer this question.

Like many other young people in this country, I completed my engineering at the not so famous university of Bengaluru.

I was glad I was selected by the campus in one of the good manufacturing companies with a good salary and all the other benefits. This was enough to drive me crazy the day I was selected at that company.

After completing Bachelor of Engineering I traveled to Mumbai to join this wonderful company for a week of training with a lot of hope and enthusiasm.

After a week,

I didn't have the same energy as Josh when he came back from Mumbai after a week of training. Somehow I didn't like the job I was supposed to do at that company.

As soon as I got back to Bengaluru, the first thing I did was quit that job.

Reason: I didn't like the job.


The hunt for the next job began. Many things were going through my head about how to pay off my student loan, how to show my face to my parents, etc.


After much struggle for over a month looking for a job, I ended up getting a vacancy at another manufacturing company. What paid me half of my previous job.

The only reason for joining that company was to pay off my student loan.

Nightmare in this company started as soon as I started working there.

Daily: 12 business hours

Weekly: 7 business days

Monthly: 30 business days.

I worked there for 3 months, just to get the salary to pay off my student loan.

During those 3 months, I had lost weight, my health was in poor condition, and I had acquired low blood pressure due to lack of sleep and food.

One day I made the decision to ditch that job, again without thinking about what I would do next.

Reason: Less salary, not sleeping, not eating, health problems.


I was unemployed again and had not started paying my student loan.

The bank sent a notice to my house for not paying the loan. I had to go ask the bank manager to give me more time to start paying off the loan since I didn't have a job. The manager was kind enough to give me 2 more months of time.


I spent 3 more months looking for work and luckily I didn't find any.

He began to avoid meeting friends.

I started going to the parks alone and thinking about my life.

I started going to the temples alone and crying before God asking him what mistake he had made by not having a job.

I started thinking about killing myself so I wouldn't have to pay off my loan.

I started going to all the companies and handing over my resume to the security guards.

Little by little I had started to regret my decision to quit my first job, I went into depression and literally cried every day thinking about my life.


But one fine day, I was interviewed at an IT company and I finally got a job after 7 months of struggle. I started paying off my loan immediately. I got this job and finished paying off the full loan in the next 2 years.

In this job, I didn't make the mistake of finding what's right and what's wrong with the job. Instead, I adjusted myself to do the given job well. This is how I started to like the job and I am still doing the same job after 7 long years.


Answering your question of leaving a job without having another job, in my experience, there is no perfect job in this world. You may like something and you may not like something.

My suggestion is, instead of landing a perfect job, do the job that you are doing perfectly. Then you will start to like it.

Never risk leaving your current job without a backup. You will have to go through a lot of difficulties if you do.

Nagesh,

Your threshold may vary.

For me, it was when I found myself crying in the shower because I had to go to that damn place and be with these damn people doing that damn job.

He was stuck in a job he hated. Actually, it was the whole race that he hated. I had all the right credentials (Bachelor's, Master's, MBA, CPA) and I couldn't give anyone who would give me the opportunity to do anything other than what I had been doing. I interviewed for many other roles. I even interviewed for the same positions at different companies, which would have been an improvement even if I still hated my career.

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Your threshold may vary.

For me, it was when I found myself crying in the shower because I had to go to that damn place and be with these damn people doing that damn job.

He was stuck in a job he hated. Actually, it was the whole race that he hated. I had all the right credentials (Bachelor's, Master's, MBA, CPA) and I couldn't give anyone who would give me the opportunity to do anything other than what I had been doing. I interviewed for many other roles. I even interviewed for the same positions at different companies, which would have been an improvement even if I still hated my career.

Our department vice president had this "stuff of the month" kind of thing. The last straw was when they did this "race route" thing. The first step was to complete this questionnaire. The instructions clearly said "say how you see yourself." I answered honestly. The information I got was "this is how any of us sees you and we will ask you to review your answers." They also said that if I didn't do something to improve my work, they would put me on a performance improvement plan. It's true that I was disgusting at that job, especially since I hated my boss, his boss, and the whole fucking company. I still turn out of the building (or any of its other buildings) when I pass them.

So, I went home and looked at my finances and my savings. I had enough to live for 6 months without work. I developed a plan to change careers and did everything I could to make that plan happen.

The problem is that in most 'other' jobs, you will be considered a 'newbie'. You say you don't want to be on the technical side. And that will also mean that you don't care about the 'reduced salary'.

Fair enough.

Consider journalism. It can be with a quick course, you can get into that. You can explore writing technical reviews in media (print or TV) on new devices. Although it is not purely technical, it will represent a good compromise.

Do you have a talent for writing fiction / stories? That is another option. Of course, you must "click" for an excellent run.

Or get into some aspects of mo

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The problem is that in most 'other' jobs, you will be considered a 'newbie'. You say you don't want to be on the technical side. And that will also mean that you don't care about the 'reduced salary'.

Fair enough.

Consider journalism. It can be with a quick course, you can get into that. You can explore writing technical reviews in media (print or TV) on new devices. Although it is not purely technical, it will represent a good compromise.

Do you have a talent for writing fiction / stories? That is another option. Of course, you must "click" for an excellent run.

Or delve into some aspects of movie making.

Fashion is another option.

You will notice that most of the above involves creativity, and that is a very necessary attribute.

If the age is still with you, you can try the Public Service Commission, bank officer exams, etc. But that will be totally non-technical.

And finally, if possible, do a good MBA. That will also guarantee a good financial compensation.

All the best.

This thinking is quite natural if you are in your early 20s. The important thing to find out is 'Do you really want to change fields or do you just need a break?' You see that routine jobs often bore and frustrate the masses.

Once you've figured it out, you can consider the following options:

  1. Considering yourself at 20: Although a person can change fields at any time at any age, but at 20 one is free from many responsibilities so that he can try to achieve what he has dreamed of. If you are just a graduate, consider the postgraduate option like MBA or any other in the field that interests you.
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This thinking is quite natural if you are in your early 20s. The important thing to find out is 'Do you really want to change fields or do you just need a break?' You see that routine jobs often bore and frustrate the masses.

Once you've figured it out, you can consider the following options:

  1. Considering yourself at 20: Although a person can change fields at any time at any age, but at 20 one is free from many responsibilities so that he can try to achieve what he has dreamed of. If you are just a graduate, consider the Postgraduate option like MBA or any other in the field that interests you.
  2. If you are interested in civil services, quit your job and start preparing for UPSC and other related exams. Do not be scared by taking risks, it is necessary and at an early age it is only to shape your career. You just need to draw the conclusion that what you will do next should be better for you both personally and professionally.
  3. If you have a graduate degree, consider pursuing academic studies.
  4. If you are not 20 years old and have enough experience, BOOM! You can opt for your own consulting. If possible.
  5. What is your hobby, get it out of you? If you're good at it, why not get people to do well by video lecturing on YOUTUBE by creating your channel?

Once you start doing and trying different things, I am sure you will make the decision.

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