BOLSTER YOUR SAVINGS
Even if you figure out your next career path before you quit, you may still experience an employment gap. If you’re in such a high-pressure job that you don’t have brain space or time to figure out what you want to do next, then you’ll have to live on your savings. Either way, begin to see how you can cut back on your expenses, or make extra money.
“Since the average job search takes about four to six months, you should craft a plan of action, which entails saving and living on that for at least six months,” says Dr Orbe-Austin. Note that he says “at least six months”. If you think you’ll need time to figure out your next career move, amass more savings, or downsize your lifestyle.
Having enough savings will help ensure that you don’t chicken out. “If we’re worried about not having enough money, it will be hard to do this transition,” says Heather Hans, psychotherapist and author of The Heart of Self Love: How to Radiate with Confidence.