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Thinking About Quitting on Your Engineering Job This December? Not So Fast

Got your 13th month pay and want to resign? This should explain why that is a bad idea.

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Hey engineer, do you really want to quit that engineering job this month?

We know what you are thinking: You have been dreading your job as an engineer ever since September or October, perhaps even earlier, but you chose to delay it to December for one reason: you want to get your year-end bonus called the 13th month pay.

In most countries, as provided by law, this is typically given before Christmas. And when engineers finally get that cash in their bank accounts, typically it is game over between them and the companies.

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But that should not always be the case.

If you were able to survive those months while waiting for December to arrive, you can get through your engineering job for a few more months.

Maybe even stay longer.

One of the primary reasons for delaying it (again) is because there might be very few job openings in this time of the year.

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End-of-year targets have to be met and reports have to be done, causing engineering companies to shift in these priorities rather than hiring new people.

Do not expect to get hired right away if you want to resign, especially when there is no grace period when you quit your job.

Another reason to delay it to February or March is to use the occasions, perhaps through Christmas parties and appreciation dinners, to meet people and network.

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You do not know it but the next person you shake hands with might just be your new workmate or boss. Such social gatherings during December offer an opportunity for you to make connections.

Do not submit that letter just yet!

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Moreover, the time you have spent while waiting for December should say something about you and your reason to quit.

How were you able to manage all this time?

Perhaps you do not really have to quit. At least not in December. Or ever.

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The problem or issue might have already been solved along the way, no longer requiring you to pen and print that resignation letter you have readied months ago. You still have time to reflect on this matter.


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Engr. Frank Taylor
Australian living in sunny Dubai. Chemical engineer, writer, blogger and social good enthusiast. I'm on Twitter @FrankTaylor90


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