*This is our Leadership Coaching Clinic, in which we answer your questions about problems you’re facing in the office, whether it’s how to handle a bad boss, how to deal with a difficult team member, or some other issue that you’re getting stuck on. Email your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.*
Question: I’m just a few months into my first job and my boss is extremely unsatisfied with me. Should I quit before I get fired in a few months? How will this influence my future career?
If you quit now or stay for a few months longer and get managed out of the company, the result on your career will be the same: you won’t be able to count on a good word from your old boss in case a new company calls for a reference on you.
This is your first job, so I would not stress too much but rather focus on understanding why it didn’t go well.
Use the time that is left to openly ask for feedback to your boss, tell him or her that you understand that it hasn’t gone well but that you want to learn exactly what’s gone wrong so that you can improve for the future.
Also try to be objective when you review the time spent with this company: how could you have done things differently? what have you learned? As you reflect on this, I’d really recommend our book, How to Succeed in Your First Job. It’s packed full of tips that will help you perform better in your next role as well as exercises to help you to really work through your own personal challenges.
Do you have an issue at work you’d like us to address? Email your questions to: email@example.com.