HR · 16 May 2018

Millions of UK workers plan to switch career paths – Are your staff satisfied?

 

Millions of British workers are considering changing their career choice.

New research reveals that millions of British workers are considering changing their routine by contemplating to switch career paths within the next two years.

Research from first direct shows that 47 per cent of Brits are unsatisfied with their careers and describe their work life as “unfulfilling”.

Not only are almost half of UK staff people unhappy with their jobs but they are hoping to change careers completely.

The age group the most likely to chop and change is the over-55s, with 49 per cent of professionals hoping to switch.

Commenting on this, head of first direct, Joe Gordon said: “It’s easy to associate career switching with the early years of your working life.

“However, our research found the desire to do something completely different spans every age and generation. Even 42 per cent of over-45s plan to change careers in the next two years.”

Millennials are not too far behind at 43 per cent planning to change their careers within the next two years.

A quarter of millennials are keen to jump into a different industry in the hope of learning new skills, and 21 per cent aim for a career with more flexibility.

On average one fifth of this age bracket have already made at least one career swap – with one in four 22 – 37-year-olds making the change to achieve a better “work-life balance”.

“Money isn’t the driving factor behind a career switch. People are keen to learn new skills or to do something they find more personally satisfying. Almost one in five are considering teaching, nursing or charity work as an alternative career,” added Gordon.

In fact, starting a business and being your own ranks at the top for British workers planning to switch career paths at 18 per cent.

Following this, 11 per cent would like to work with animals, and 10 per cent would like a career in social media.

Gordon said: “Whether you’re a millennial, generation X or a baby boomer, there are more opportunities than ever before to learn a new skill or to take a hobby and turn it into a career.

“If you want to make a fresh start by learning a new skill or getting a qualification, now’s your chance.”

Across all age groups surveyed, a quarter workers have already made a career switch.

Fifteen per cent of these started their own business, 12 per cent changed to working with children – such as teaching roles – and one in ten began a career in healthcare.

Although 37 per cent of adults said it’s “never too late” to switch career paths, 30 per cent of those aged 44 and under believe that 45 is the oldest age to consider a career change.

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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