How to Move On (From a Work Breakup)

Ben Heim
3 min readNov 22, 2023
Photo by Rooban N on Unsplash

I quit my job today, and I feel a little lost. I’ve worked at the same company for the past 8 months, and I’ve really enjoyed it, but I knew it was time to move on.

I know 8 months doesn’t sound like a long time, but it felt like it. I was an intern, so it was certainly longer than I anticipated. I got to know and care about the team I worked with; I flew to Germany to meet them. I felt close to them.

Work Breakups

Months ago, I wrote a piece on When to Quit. I think about it often. According to my own advice, it’s the right time to move on — I’m no longer at a point where I think continuing with my current job will set me up for a brighter future.

I’ve been in a position like this before. It feels like a breakup — one that you know is important for your growth but still hurts.

Compound that with the fact that I don’t have another job lined up. What I have lined up for me is applications and personal projects. I feel unstable.

At its most extreme, I feel like I was standing on solid ground only to pull the lever to a trap door. I’m falling and I don’t know where to grab on.

At its best, I’m falling, learning, and ready to experience a new journey. It’s liberating and exciting.