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Old 11-25-2008
 
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About a week ago, I submitted my resignation for my current job. One of the most gut wrenching things I've ever had to do. Its a good job working with great people. Would I do this work for free? No, but if I had to spend 45 to 50 hours a week away from my family, these would be the people I'd chose to be with and this is what I'd want to be doing.

I'm moving myself to Denver, CO later next week and officially starting my new job on Dec. 8. The job is essentially doing what I do now, but for 70% more pay. I'm old enough to understand that money isn't everything, but providing for a family of four in Michigan is getting to be damn near impossible. The economy here has been bad for years and coupled with the recent national economic woes is only going to get worse. The decision to move provides a greater level of financial security for my family so I am convinced I'm doing what is best for my family.

Has anyone else had to quit a job they enjoy because life's circumstances just make it impossible to stay?
 
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I used to work at a Wal-Mart near my tiny home town. While the Wal-Mart itself sucked ass, I worked with a lot of amazing people that I still keep in touch with today. I wasn't as mature as I was back then, and I didn't have the heart to tell my friends that I was quitting, so one day I just disappeared off the face of the earth.
 
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I sort of felt that way leaving my last company. It was great, the people were great, and it was a nice job. I was a little immature about my attendance, but it was still a terrific place to work. I quite literally couldn't walk 20ft. without running into a Ph.D. in some field of biology.

But all of my career moves have been steps up in pay or prestige, so I definitely recognize it's a process. My next move will be a move in both, and hopefully will bear fruit down the road as well.
 
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I used to tutor kids in various subjects at my old school before I left to study somewhere else. The money was good and the job fun, but the time spend travelling would've been too much. It were fun times though, lot's of freedom and fun people to work with.
 
 

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But all of my career moves have been steps up in pay or prestige, so I definitely recognize it's a process. My next move will be a move in both, and hopefully will bear fruit down the road as well.
That's the point I've come to with my career. If there are no steps up in pay, responsibility, or prestige, then I need to find a new job. At my current job, pay increases are pitiful, and there are no opportunities for advancement or promotion.

I'm convinced I'm doing the right thing here. There is part of me though that is struggling with the selfishness of leaving for my own benefit. I was raised with a strong "company loyalty" ethic in a professional world in which loyalty between employer and employee is an antiquated notion.

Then there are the other stresses involved with moving. I'm moving out on December 4 and my wife and kids aren't coming out until after Christmas. Add to that the simple fact that our credit will be utterly destroyed because we won't be able to get a decent price for our house and while this should be a happy and exciting time, it just isn't.
 
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I feel ya on that. It's one thing when you're a bit younger and every new job seems like a fun opportunity to do things with a clean slate and check out opportunities and career options. Once your family gets involved, nearly everything but the status quo seems like an opportunity for apocalyptic failure. It becomes a paralyzing quagmire of disasters, and basically changes the tone of the whole process. The fun and novelty takes a sinister tone of uncertainty and feelings of guilt.

I've found the best counteraid you have at your disposal is organization and not surprisingly optimism. The organization gives you a feeling of control and steering. The optimism is a reminder that even if things go bad, you haven't lost EVERYTHING, you've just suffered a very annoying, problematic setback. My wife and I tend to Yin and Yang this out pretty well. I'm more the carefree spirit in that I believe that my health and my well-being is ultimately the most important part of my life, and she tends to be hyperorganized and likes to create forts of paperwork to make her feel safe.

It never hurts when your optimism is suffering to bring the kids in on it and give them a sense of fun. They'll follow your lead pretty easily and often can carry it through by themselves. If you're suffering on the organization part, I don't really know what to tell you. I'm not the organization guy. I just get my insurance in line, my job title, and my expectations. Not much you can do outside of that if you're moving for a job. :P
 
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About a week ago, I submitted my resignation for my current job. One of the most gut wrenching things I've ever had to do. Its a good job working with great people. Would I do this work for free? No, but if I had to spend 45 to 50 hours a week away from my family, these would be the people I'd chose to be with and this is what I'd want to be doing.

I'm moving myself to Denver, CO later next week and officially starting my new job on Dec. 8. The job is essentially doing what I do now, but for 70% more pay. I'm old enough to understand that money isn't everything, but providing for a family of four in Michigan is getting to be damn near impossible. The economy here has been bad for years and coupled with the recent national economic woes is only going to get worse. The decision to move provides a greater level of financial security for my family so I am convinced I'm doing what is best for my family.

Has anyone else had to quit a job they enjoy because life's circumstances just make it impossible to stay?
Michigan blows, and I say that not unsympathetically since half my family is from there. Cool people, but the economy has been in the dumps for a long time, so I'm sure no one can blame you for wanting to get out of there. Good luck in the Mile-High City!
 
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Michigan blows, and I say that not unsympathetically since half my family is from there. Cool people, but the economy has been in the dumps for a long time, so I'm sure no one can blame you for wanting to get out of there. Good luck in the Mile-High City!
Thanks.

I love hearing people from other states whine about how bad the economy is. The national economy has nothing on Michigan. Every economic indicator (except for sales tax rates) is better in Colorado than Michigan. The politics here suck and seem to be a general indicator of where the nation is headed. Granholm's (the governor of Michigan) tax hike last year turned an economic disaster into a catastrophe. Two years ago we were promised the same hope and change the nation was this year and we fell for it hook, line, and sinker. We're learning you can't diversify a state's economy when your work force is largely uneducated and refusing to join the 21st century. Someday we'll learn lawyers don't know anything about business.

I'll miss going up for Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival (what you get when a bunch of engineering students play in the snow for six weeks) and I'll miss living near the water. Other than that, there isn't much of interest to me in Michigan. My family is all still here so we'll be back from time to time.
 
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I've never had a job I liked, with co-workers I respected. So I have no idea where you people are coming from.
 
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I think this has a lot to do with the fact that you were shot by an old woman and your friends basically stood around while she got away. Maybe not, but I think it has more to do with a mutual dislike that you and your environment have for one another.
 
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I'm expecting to leave my current job soon after having been there for four years. It's one of the shittiest jobs you can do (shelf-stacking) but I work with some brilliant people and I'm going to miss them. Looking forward to one last night out with them.
 
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My next move will be a move in both, and hopefully will bear fruit down the road as well.
What kind of fruit? Prunes? (yes, that was an age related joke.)

I resigned from a GREAT job at a hospital to move down to Florida to pursue other opportunities, that eventually fell through. However, as much as I miss that job, it was closing down in 2 months time after I left anyways. And I don't regret it. I look at it as a learning expierience.

My new job is hard. More on my back and feet than anything else. I've never had a job where I had to stand in one spot for 10 hours. But, my main goal there is not to remain standing in that one spot forever. I see it as an opportunity to provide for my son, and a chance to move up in the company. I am happy with the pay for right now. I'm making quite a bit more than most other people starting out. I just can't wait to hurry up and know the majority of stuff so I can stop asking people. lol.

So yes, I do think you're doing a good thing for your family. Anything you can do to build a better life for them, more power to you. Oh, and congrats on the new job.
 
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Michigan blows, and I say that not unsympathetically since half my family is from there. Cool people, but the economy has been in the dumps for a long time, so I'm sure no one can blame you for wanting to get out of there. Good luck in the Mile-High City!
It's all the Lions' fault... If they could just win one game, our economy would improve...
 
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I'm personally hoping for the 0 for season. I find it amusing that the Fords now have to big businesses that are failing. Fortunately, the government won't be bailing out the Lions.

When you have people cheering "lets go wings" at Lions home games, you've got big problems. Gonna be interesting living in Denver (home of the Avalanche) when I'm a Wings fan.
 
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