Professional men planning office escape

22-11-2006

Professional men planning office escape
Professional men are becoming disillusioned with office life and are plotting their escape, according to new research from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

As many as a fifth of graduate office-based men are currently considering a career change, the study found, with 41 per cent of them saying that they are tired of office politics, 31 per cent disliking being deskbound and 24 per cent saying they don't find the office conducive to creativity.

These career-hoppers are being helped on their way by their partners, with 32 per cent of men having a partner who earns as much or more than them. More than half say that their partner would be able to support them through training as they changed professions, the report revealed.

The most popular job favoured by those planning on changing careers was teaching, with 41 per cent of respondents considering it, followed by science research and development (29 per cent), engineering (21 per cent), retail (19 per cent) and social work (16 per cent).

Director of teacher recruitment at the TDA Mike Watkins said: "This research confirms that professional men are re-evaluating what they want from a career after a few years of working life.

"It's evident that the appeal of office life can wear thin and that men are looking for more than just a high salary - they want to make use of their skills."

Among the factors that men said acted as triggers for a change of career were turning 30 (28 per cent) and becoming a parent (18 per cent).


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