Is it ok to leave an organization after one year if you're bored?
November 6,2023 at 3:58PM UTC (Edited)
About a year ago, I left an nonprofit organization soon after an important promotion and very high raise, because I was feeling extremely burned out from trying to keep the organization running all through COVID. I joined an nonprofit whose mission I was very passionate about but I knew going in that the role itself was a step down from what I was leaving, not only in terms of title and salary, but also responsibility. I assumed that like in my previous roles in nonprofit operations, I would eventually be able to take on more projects that would be challenging and meaningful. But after a year working here, I have no connection to the mission, the staff or the clients we serve. In fact, most of the time I don't actually know what services we are providing. I am a department of one person, and although I like my boss and she is extremely happy with the work I'm doing, I find myself spending most of my days not doing anything.
The organization has recently completed a new salary scale project for all employees and I learned that based on my responsibilities, my role has no strategic planning responsibilities and according to my boss, this will not be changing any time soon. Based on this comment, I started applying for other jobs and got an interview but now I'm second guessing if leaving is the right thing to do. Am I giving up too quickly?
I have tried to make the best out of this year by volunteering to help other departments and I have asked to more included in other projects but I have found that I get a lot of agreement and enthusiasm but nothing really comes out of it. I like the organization, but I have no real connection and I feel like my skills are just being wasted.
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