The seven year itch


Office workers are itchy for a career change, finds Office Angels report

The Seven Year Itch
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UK workers are increasingly dissatisfied with their career choice, according to ‘The Seven Year Itch’, a new report by Office Angels.

A third (33%) of office workers are thinking of a career change and a further third (34%) have a plan to switch jobs.

Over half (56%) of workers would like to do something completely different, with one in ten (13%) planning to make the change in the next year.

The report showed that a third (32%) of people didn’t receive any careers advice at all before they started work and as a result Office Angels is increasingly seeing more and more people seek careers advice later on in their careers.

Just 1% of respondents stated that the sole reason they wanted a career change was financial, suggesting this trend is not a product of a difficult employment market.

Workers instead feel their role no longer satisfies their emotional, intellectual or creative needs and therefore increasingly have an ‘itch’ to do something new.

Office Angels asked employees how often they expect to ‘job hop’ during their careers.

The research found that two-fifths (44%) expect to change career between 3-5 times. One in ten (13%) expect 10 different careers. Just 4% expect to have one profession for all their working life.

A desire to job hop is particularly prevalent amongst the young, with one in four (25%) aged 16-34 aiming for 8-12 jobs throughout their career.

 Chris Moore - Managing Director, Office Angels said:

“The modern world of work has changed beyond all recognition over the last 50 years. In the 1960s, most jobs were viewed as a job for life.

“Whether that was a secretary, surveyor or solicitor, the job you were doing at 22 would likely be the same job you were doing at 52.

“The same was true for your loyalty to an employer. You were likely to spend your entire working life with just the one, possibly two employers.

“50 years on and it’s a very different world. An increasing number of professionals, such as accountants and architects, are finding that their chosen profession is no longer satisfying their needs. More and more are breaking free and doing completely different things.

“Our research stresses the importance of good careers advice throughout a person’s working life.

“A well-prepared candidate is more likely to be equipped for the workplace and make lasting careers choices. At the same time, it is important that employers focus on establishing a workplace that meets the needs of their employees and as a result retains their top talent.”

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