In 2021, more than 47 million people quit their jobs and 41 percent of the global workforce say they're thinking about quitting in 2022. In fact, by June 2022, quit rates remained above 4M for the 12th straight month. The reasons vary: burnout, better pay, greater flexibility, desire for meaningful work, more supportive leadership, healthier cultures, exciting opportunities.
And with worker demand far outpacing worker supply—even amid a possible recession—job seekers have choices. Particularly in the engineering disciplines, where job postings are well out-pacing the number of workers available to fill them.
A 2022 Engineering Management Institute A&E study found that "Nearly two in three architecture and engineering professionals are considering resigning in the next 12 months."
"One in five employees who left their job during the Great Resignation regrets it." Forbes
For many who've quit, the decision was life-changing. Even overdue.
For others, participating in the great resignation quickly turned into their great regret. "I left for better pay but wish I'd known it came with a micro-managing boss. Unfortunately, I didn't do a great job of leaving the door open at my previous employer," said Paul, an electrical engineer. "At least now I have a better idea of what to look for and ask about in my next interview."
Paul's experience raises a couple of important questions for those considering a change:
- How do you know when quitting is the right choice?
- And if it is, how exactly do you quit a job?