Ask yourself why you are quitting
One final tip, Berger says: Before you bail on your current job, take a moment to explore your reasons for walking away.
Your lack of job satisfaction may be tied to a specific supervisor or office culture. Perhaps you're not challenged enough, or you aren't a personality fit for the job you were hired to do. Those issues could be resolved by transferring to another department within your company or changing employers in the same line of work, which would enable you to leverage the work experience you already have, Berger says.
"A key distinction is whether it's the role or the environment," she says. "Sometimes you might be able to stay in the same role; but change the environment, and it's a completely different experience."
The decision to change careers, especially later in life, should never be taken lightly.
For Trenouth, who landed an offer from a top marketing firm despite the tough job market, the four years it took to finish his MBA ultimately paid off.
"I'm of the mindset that education is never a waste, but you're still spending a lot of money for a degree, and you hope you're going to be able to find a job that uses those skills," he says. "It was a gamble on my part."