So, this week has been the longest week of my life. It’s amazing how the world seems to turn slowly when things are happening really quickly. It’s a bit of a dichotomy really.

On Monday I handed in my resignation to my current employer. Out of respect for the institution I worked at, I won’t say too much other than I was thoroughly disgusted with my treatment from that point on and was completely shocked that some people in this world deal with things in certain ways.

So why did I resign I hear you ask? Trust me, it wasn’t an easy decision. Walking away from a safe, relatively well-paid job is never easy I’d imagine (never had to do it before), but sometimes, you just know your own tipping point. For a while I have been a little unhappy with certain directions and processes, but have continued along, in the hope that the nagging feeling I had that it wasn’t right for me would disappear. Sadly it didn’t and was confirmed on Monday. My unexpected realisation that my own beliefs were at odds with my companies beliefs pushed me towards the resignation and the treatment afterwards confirmed it was the right thing to do.

Saddest part about it all? Leaving behind certain people who are genuinely good people deserving the best. I find that if you can leave a job and you have numerous people calling you, emailing you, texting you to say how sorry they are and how upset they are at what’s happened, that’s a success. Sometimes in life, being successful is about the relationships you develop and the way you can impact on someones life in a positive manner. It’s not always about climbing to the top, as ultimately I’ve found a lot of people who do that tend to lose sight of other things.

What are your reasons for staying in a job that may go against your own conscience? What does it take for you to leave?