Dealing with the Emotion of Quitting Work

Leaving a job can be a traumatic time, depending on the circumstances as to why you are going of course. There are likely to be many emotions running around in your head as you analyse what’s going to happen next. Maybe you have left under your own steam to improve your career or it might have been that you have been asked to leave, or worse, fired. No matter what the circumstances are there is likely to be an element of emotion attached, good or bad.

This blog will highlight how you might want to deal with the emotion of quitting work and what you can expect. For some people, quitting work can create the same sort of feelings as the end of a relationship, in so much as there could be an element of heartbreak. Here are some of the emotions that you may well feel, and how to possibly deal with things.


If you have had a bad time at work, either with the company or your superiors then there is likely to be an element of anger or resentment when you finally leave. It’s all too easy for these to flow out like a river and before you know it you have said or done something that is out of character. It might even be that you do something that potentially causes you an issue.

Have you worked with a boss that you just can’t stand for a period of time? Do you continually feel that you are not respected by your employer? Have you been overlooked for the promotion that you were promised? If any of the above apply, then you certainly will have to deal with an element of anger when it’s time to leave.

It’s best to bite your tongue and keep these feelings to yourself as you never know what is around the corner. The “it’s a small world” metaphor is so true and someday in the near future you might find yourself having to engage again with the same people that caused you frustration in your old job.


It’s human nature to be pleased when you have found a new job. Especially if it is one that offers genuine career enhancement over your previous position, or some form of increased remuneration. If possible it’s sensible to try to refrain from jumping for joy around the office. Remember, you are leaving behind loyal co-workers who you might have known for some time. The best advice is to be humble and accept that each job has its own difficulties and challenges rather than rubbing your colleagues nose in the fact that you are leaving for a much-improved position.

Panic or Worry

You are getting close to the day you will start your new job, but you feel a sense of fear, panic or worry. It’s not unusual to feel any of the above, especially if you are starting something new; however, it is sensible to remind yourself why you started the process of looking for a new job in the first place.

If possible, try to reflect on your first day at your current job and recall how these feelings aren’t too much different from how you feel about your next job.

Panic or Worry