New job in 2023? 1 in 4 Americans plan to completely change careers next year

NEW YORK – A new survey shows that a quarter of Americans could end up changing careers in 2023. The survey of 2,000 adults finds that while 33% of respondents are likely to change jobs in the same industry, 26% of employees looking for a complete career change.

The average American is willing to take two years of study to change careers. Some respondents are willing to spend even more time developing their skills: almost a quarter (24%) would be willing to take more than three years of training if it opened more doors for them in their career search.

Benefits such as a better salary (34%), the possibility of changing hours (34%) and the opportunity for careers that did not exist in their youth (34%) encourage respondents to change sectors. On the other hand, respondents worry about not wanting to return to an entry-level position (29%) and the potential costs (25%) associated with a career change.

Respondents in the most popular sectors are looking to change to include information research and analysis (15%), information technology (15%) and business, consulting or management (14%) . Additionally, respondents are more interested in the technology (34%) and engineering (24%) sectors of STEAM.

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Many workers are satisfied with their career path, but not enough

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of GP (Globalization Partners), the survey aimed to uncover respondents’ attitudes about their current job as well as what they are looking for in the future, including their feelings about career changes. and professional development.

Around four in five (79%) say they are satisfied with their current job, but perhaps not enough, as 45% would consider spending their two weeks if another offer came along. More than two in five respondents say they would gladly take a pay cut just to do a job they would enjoy more.

Two-thirds of employees even admit that their quality of work decreases when they are not satisfied with their work. When asked what they would change in their current job, the work model (34%), the industry they work in (33%) and their health care benefits (31%) got the top marks. highest scores.

On the other hand, their favorite parts of their current job were the job itself (25%), their colleagues (24%) and their manager (23%).

“Employees prioritize what matters most to them – and that includes opportunities to retrain and learn something new,” said Richa Gupta, GP’s chief human resources officer, in a statement. “Investing in their engagement, well-being and creating opportunities for professional development provides a positive path forward now and in the future.”

At the same time, respondents already possess many transferable skills – problem solving (40%), organizational skills (35%), decision making (34%) and teamwork (34%) are strengths they bring to the table.

It’s about better communication

The data also underscored the importance of considering what potential employers are offering if they needed to change, with more than half (52%) valuing senior management collaboration and communication.

Others say things like job enhancement or enhancement tools (50%) and healthcare benefits (46%) can make or break their decision to join a company or organization.

“These data show that most American workers are currently and will continue to be invested in their professional future,” said Bob Cahill, CEO of GP. “People want to be prepared for times of change and ready for new opportunities, which means considering new types of careers. This is accentuated by the fact that the global talent pool is undergoing dramatic and unprecedented change. If you factor in the ability to hire talent remotely and combine that with the willingness of workers to spend the time needed for training and development, employers have the opportunity to hire the team members whose they need for their hard-to-fill positions, especially within the technology sector. This represents a clear opportunity for employers to reflect on how they recruit, hire and manage their workforce. »

Survey methodology:

This random, double-consent survey of 2,000 US employees was commissioned by GP (Globalization Partners) between October 19 and October 27, 2022. It was conducted by market research firm OnePoll, whose members The team are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership in the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).

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