Deciding when to quit a job is hard. If you’re thinking about leaving — or just trying to get more out of your work — ask yourself “What am I learning?” If you don’t have a good answer, it might be time for a change.
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As one Forbes contributor explains, if you’re not learning something at your current job, you might be wasting an opportunity somewhere else. Learning on the job is how you gain the skills that make you more valuable over time. So, ask yourself at the end of each day: “What did I learn today?”
No matter how simple or complex your day was, you must have learned something. Did you master a new skill or learn a new process? Did you find something out about your organisation that leads you to better understand your position within it? Did you have an experience that will help you in future, similar situations? Find at least one thing that you learned from the previous day and consider it.
This can help you decide whether to leave a job, but it can also help you improve at your current one. Getting in the mindset of actively learning will help you approach your job with a sense of curiosity and self-improvement. Rather than trying to get your work done just to clock out, observe your surroundings and use your environment to learn more. If nothing else, it will make you more valuable when you do decide to move on.