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Nearly half of people are not happy with their current career and four of out of ten plan to switch in the next your years.

Researchers from First Direct polled 2,000 people across the country found that forty seven per cent  of workers find their careers unfulfilling.

The research revealed the idea of a career switch is most popular with the over-55s (49%), and 43% of Millennials said they planned to change their career in the next two years.

A quarter of Millennials are keen to switch careers in order to learn a new skill, and more than a fifth (21%) want a career with more flexibility.

One in five of this age group have already made one career swap, with more than one in four (27%) making the change to achieve a better work-life balance.

Joe Gordon, Head of first direct , said:

“It’s easy to associate career switching with the early years of your working life, but our research found the desire to do something completely different spans every age and generation. Even 42% of over-45s plan to change careers in the next two years.

“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.”

Starting a business or working for yourself is the top choice for British workers planning to switch career (18%).

One in six Millennials would like to start their own business, 11% would like to work with animals, and one in ten would like a career in social media.

Among all age groups surveyed, one in four workers have already made a career switch. 15% of these started their own business, 12% changed to a career working with children – such as teaching – and one in ten began a career in healthcare.

And although 37% of adults say it’s ‘never too late’ to switch careers, only 30% of those aged 44 and under believe 45 is the oldest to consider a career change.



  1. The day when you’d work in your job through retirement and then enjoy a relaxed existence is over. Employees now are less interested in developing this deep relationship with their employers and are satisfied with a more fluid relationship with their employers.
    This is not because of a lack of commitment, rather, it’s a reaction and a coping method to deal with and process the ever-changing professional environment we live in.
    It’s time to embrace this work/life relationship which will ultimately be better for everyone.


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