We all arrive at that stage sometime or another when we contemplate quitting our job for one reason or other. This is often the case when it comes to an HSC student who is dealing with various kinds of stress from different sources in their life and is working a part-time job. So, here I state a couple of instances when quitting your job might, after all, be your only recourse.

When should you quit your job?

#1 You can’t cope with the school workload

If you are falling behind in homework or assignments or you are barely keeping up with assessments and tasks, then you might want to consider giving up your job for the time being. Alternatively, you can speak with your manager and either request him/her to decrease your shifts or perhaps grant you a leave for the time being. If your employer assents to either, then you don’t need to quit, at least for now.

#2 Your job is becoming an unhealthy distraction

If your job is just not adding any value to your life and all it is managing to do is distract you from all that is important, then maybe it is time to quit it. This could be that your manager is demanding too much of you despite your telling him otherwise or it could be that your team members are not being cooperative. So, instead of putting up with it, if this is affecting your studies so much, just quit it. This might not sound like good advice given that this is against the ‘fight and not flight’ theory. However, in your situation, your main priority is your HSC and for this very reason, you don’t want to be too immersed in anything other than your HSC.

#3 Your job is tiring you out mentally or physically

You can burn out very easily during the HSC, just from studying and dealing with the pressure to do well. Combined with this the stress of your job, you might burn out sooner rather than later if you don’t figure out a way to cope with both well. If your job requires you to be on your feet constantly and demands heavy lifting, then it will take its toll on you. To cope with this, remember to get adequate rest when you get back from work and don’t rush to some other place. If it’s mentally tiring, then remember to relax from time to time and give yourself a break frequently. However, if your job is not leaving you with enough time to do your school work, then it might be best for you to either take a break from it or quit it.

#4 Your job is stressing you out

You don’t need more stress in your life than you already have being an HSC student. But if your job is stressing you out by either being too demanding or too strenuous, you should seriously consider going on a temporary or permanent hiatus. Remember your priorities- HSC, university, further education, apprenticeship- and keep them in the forefront of your mind before making any decision. Whilst there are numerous benefits of having a part-time job, it can sometimes do more harm than good, depending on one’s situation.

Ultimately, know yourself and know when its all getting too much for you. You don’t need to necessarily quit your job to get a bit more balance in your life. Organising and assessing can help. However, at times, quitting is the only option, for the sake of your own sanity. So heed the warning signs and take action before it’s too late!!

Good Luck!

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Mansahaj Kaur completed her HSC in 2015 and now studies Bachelor of Commerce/Laws at USyd. She thinks that English is the most versatile and loveable language on planet Earth and she loves dabbling in anything English related, writing included. But then again, this could be because she hasn’t learnt French or German or Japanese yet. But it’s on her bucket list, mind you! Her desire to learn another language or two is only matched by her passion for eclectic tones and mystery dramas- yes yes, Sherlock, too. She is an avid reader and writer, her favourite series still being Harry Potter, despite her having read numerous renowned classics. Mansahaj likes to think that by becoming a lawyer, she might be able to make a slight, small-as-your-pinkie, teensy difference in the world; but that could be wishful thinking!