Do You Plan To Change Careers At Some Point?

March 24, 2016  |  

Do You Plan To Change Careers At Some Point?


Do you plan to remain in your chosen industry until you retire? If you answered “no,” you may be surprised to learn that you’re actually in the majority. According to Glamour, a recent survey revealed that more than half of Americans have plans to switch careers in their lifetimes.

The “Career Report: Employee Pursuit of Purpose” survey quizzed 2,000 working Americans and 546 human resource managers about their career aspirations. Researchers found that 55 percent of people responded that they expect to career-hop in their lifetimes. Interestingly, of the millennials who were surveyed, a whopping 76 percent of them expressed that that intend to change industries.

“The survey findings suggest that today’s American employees make impactful career decisions based on the perceived level of happiness they will gain,” a press release explained. “They are motivated by professional growth opportunities—including lateral career moves—that promise purpose and fulfillment, not necessarily a promotion or bigger paycheck.”

Clearly, folks aren’t allowing themselves to be placed in any single box and they’re refusing to limit themselves. 42 percent of participants responded that they expect to embark on at least three career paths in their lifetimes. Also, approximately 67 percent potential career-jumpers explained that they intend to make these changes within the next four years.

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