Why These Young People Quit Jobs Without Anything Else Lined Up

By Juliana Feliciano Reyes
Philly.com

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “it’s become common to see “Looking for my next opportunity!” on LinkedIn, and certain corners of the professional world are changing their perspective on the once-taboo resume gap.”

Philly.com

Amelia Longo spent four years helping to build a web design firm with values she believed in.

She launched a fellowship to train underrepresented people in tech and developed ways to make the company’s hiring process more inclusive.

For a while, Longo, who had bounced around the arts nonprofit and tech worlds since graduating from college, thought maybe she had finally found her “forever” job.

But then she realized something had changed. No matter how committed she was to the team and the company, she was unhappy working there. She wanted to do something else, something, she’d half-joke, that would more directly help “dismantle the racist capitalist ableist heteropatriarchy.”

So she quit. She gave her boss three months’ notice, is working on finding her replacement, and did it all without a job lined up, without much more than a plan to just, you know, figure it out. And this was the second time in her 10-year career that she had left a job without anything in place.

Declaring this quitting-sans-new-job a bona fide trend is hard to prove, there aren’t the numbers to back that up, but at a time when employee burnout is at a high, more people are freelancing and working in nontraditional work environments, and companies are now built around the idea that everyone is always looking for the next job, it’s become common to see “Looking for my next opportunity!” on LinkedIn, and certain corners of the professional world are changing their perspective on the once-taboo resume gap.

You are probably rolling your eyes right now (What an exercise in privilege!). Or, you might be nodding your head (Girl, I feel you). You might be a tad envious (If only I could do that …). Or, maybe you feel a mix of all three. This is, after all, not a thing everyone has the safety net to pull off. But before you hate, read the rest of this article, here is what the trend is not about: quitting on a whim.

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