Office workers want career shift

17-08-2004

Many office workers are frustrated, stressed and yearning to swap their desk jobs, research from vocational awards body City & Guilds has shown. A third of those surveyed by the group are looking to change jobs, with one in five wanting to work outdoors.

The people most likely to want a switch are employed in the media, engineering or pharmaceutical industries.

The body said a "radical change" was taking place with employees looking for jobs that offer more flexibility.

Frustration

Stress and frustration created by too many administrative hold-ups were cited as key reasons for people wanting a change.

Dream jobs for office workers
  • Media workers most want to be an author
  • Lawyers most want to be a farmer or gardener
  • Teachers most want to be a chef
  • IT specialists most want to be a farmer or charity worker
    Source: City & Guilds
The survey of 1,054 workers indicated that many wanted to work for themselves, with a sizeable proportion keen on a job in gardening or farming.

The survey also found that the longer a person had been in a job, the more likely they were to want a career move.

Nearly half those questioned who had been in their careers for more than ten years wanted to switch occupation.

Amongst 40-to-49 year olds the percentage of people desiring a switch was 58%.

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