One piece of career advice has been ingrained in all of us: never quit a job without another opportunity lined up. ....It is much harder to get a new job when you don't already have one. In the crummiest economy ever, this advice is losing its luster. More and more people seem to be saying, "To hell with work.
To hell with being unhappy. I'll quit and find something I like better." Business Insider created a survey to see if this was a real trend -- and it is.
After surveying 225 people, here are the major findings:
* 93% quit jobs in the past two years* Note: we asked for people who had quit their jobs recently to fill out the survey, this stat/question is meant as an intro, not an overall finding
* 57% quit jobs in the past two years without another opportunity lined up
* It's not just young people who are doing this: 54% of people ages 25-34 quit without another opportunity versus 55% of people ages 35-49.
* 63% are serial quitters, having quit two or more jobs throughout their careers
Why people are quitting is the most surprising finding of all: it's because they're not happy and simply do not like their jobs (65%).
Other driving forces: needing a change (63%), being bored/not challenged (55%) and disliking bosses (41%).
This begs the question, what are "quitters" living off of? Most mentioned their savings account (72%).
When you're young, you don't have many financial obligations; this could be why more Gen Yers are able to quit when they're unhappy. Most people surveyed were between the ages of 25 and 49 (82%).
If you're one of the many people who are unwillingly unemployed, this article is probably making you seethe. So many people are losing or unable to find jobs; how can people who are employed think they're anything but lucky? Is it a lack of maturity in younger professionals, or is the pursuit of happiness a new, permanent, trend?