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Millions of Americans quit their jobs in record breaking numbers. On Reddit, a question was raised—if you were one of them, why did you quit and what are you doing now?
To put things into perspective, Reddit has 330 million monthly active users. A February 2021 survey found that “36% of internet users aged 18 to 29 years and 22 percent of users aged 30 to 49 years used Reddit.” Around 46% of Reddit app users have a college degree or higher, while 40% have a high school degree. With this data in mind, the social media site serves as a great way to gauge the sentiment of young and middle aged working-aged people.
It’s an interesting question, posed by a Redditor. The mainstream media talks about the ‘Great Resignation’ as if all workers quit their jobs and then sit on the couch at home watching Netflix all day long. They’re not. People are leaving bad bosses, low pay, disrespect in pursuit of better opportunities and fair treatment. The pandemic has harshly schooled us that we only have one short life to live, and we need to make the best of it and can’t waste it working in a dead end job that makes you miserable.
Here are some of the stories, mostly from Gen-Z and Millenials, who posted on the r/antiwork, r/askwomen, r/askreddit and other subreddits, about quitting their jobs and what happened next.
I wasn’t paid enough at my former job. I was working with special needs children and it was an awesome job, I really felt like it was what I should be doing. But I was only making $250 a week. Now I work at Costco for $17 an hour plus a ton of benefits. The work is not what I want to be doing. But I am more appreciated serving hot dogs and pizza.
This is why I recently quit being a mechanic. Lowest paid trade, have to supply your own tools. Shops charge over $100 an hour for labor and offer a tech about 20% of that. So it obviously is not worth what they charge. And you get paid a flat rate so you have to be fast and lucky and have a strong supporting team to get quotes approved and parts in your hands. And if any mistake gets made you have to fix it for free. If business dies down, so do the hours.