Want to change careers? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 59 percent of working adults, and 73 percent of professionals in their 30s are interested in changing careers.
This is a 10 percent increase since 2013 and it’s a trend that won’t be slowing down anytime soon with technology evolving and changing the way we do business. Couple that with an ever-expanding job market, experts expect this trend to only grow stronger.
“Employees in their 30s are likely established in their careers, but may be finding they are not growing as quickly as they had hoped, or are not as satisfied as they imagined they would be in their profession,” said Ruth Veloria, executive dean for University of Phoenix School of Business. “A feeling of stagnation can prompt workers to think about their professional development and whether other careers might offer a clearer path to growth. At University of Phoenix we have students of all ages exploring new interests; some return to school to transition into a new profession, while others are looking to grow specific skills to advance in current careers.”
But despite expressing a strong interest in career changes, the same study revealed that 45 percent of those same 30-somethings are also uncertain about what career they would pursue. For the more than 1,000 working adults surveyed by the University of Phoenix School of Business, this uncertainty is their biggest barrier making a change.
And while more 30-somethings are interested in changing careers, the same data indicates that professionals in their 20s are more content in their careers now than they were two years ago, with just 65 percent wanting to shift careers, down from 78 percent in 2013.
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