I’ve been at my job as a junior copywriter for nearly two years. The standards where I work are very high and I’ve been struggling to keep up. They are concerned about my lack of progress (despite my efforts to improve up to this point) and have said they may need to lay me off in a few months if they don’t see a noticeable improvement.
They would like to see me reach a middleweight position based on the advice & suggestions that they’ve given me, but I myself know that I’m just not capable of working at the level that they require.
I am therefore thinking it may be best that I just leave so that I don’t have a firing on my employment history. If I were to stay and attempt to reach a middleweight role in the ways that they’ve suggested, I could see it being very stressful and would make my performance even worse as a result.
I am considering doing what I’ve always wanted and pursuing a more artistic / self-employed endeavour whilst having a part-time job to help with my cashflow. I'm also considering looking for another copywriter role at a different agency (one that isn't so high-profile).
Would it be unreasonable to say to my boss that I think it’s for the best if I just hand in my notice? I think both me and him know that I’m not good enough to be working there, and any attempts for me to improve would only result in a lot of stress and disappointment.
However it would be a lot easier on my finances if I stayed for another 2-3 months. I’m considering suggesting to my boss that I’d be happy to carry on working there for this period, and for me to just continue working the really basic kinds of projects that I’ve been given over the last few months (the kind where it’s a waste for them to be passed to the senior writers).
I would even be happy to work there part-time if that suits them.
I feel something like this would benefit both me and them, but would it seem rude / unprofessional like I was trying to bargain with them instead of trying to improve as they’ve suggested?