Half of graduates 'bored' by jobs

03-08-2006

Around half of Britain's graduates are bored by their employment, according to the Training and Development Agency for Schools' (TDA) workforce boredom index.

Published today, the index ranks boredom standards from nought to ten, with administrative and secretarial jobs the most boring jobs of all, ranking ten.

Manufacturing (8.1), marketing and advertising (7.7) and information technology and telecommunications (7.5) are not far behind, while the least boring profession of all is teaching (4.0).

"I'd encourage graduates who are bored in their jobs, particularly those with maths and science related degrees, to take another look at the day-to-day and financial rewards of a career in teaching," said Michael Day, the TDA's executive director.

"These findings demonstrate that one of the chief benefits of teaching is the sheer variety of the job - that no two days are the same. It's never too late to make a career switch, and there are now many ways you can train to teach to match your personal circumstances, as well as new financial support."

Over one in six of those bored with their jobs blamed a lack of challenge and missing a chance to use their skills to the full extent, while the monotony of doing the same thing every day also touched a note with 50 per cent of respondents.


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