There has been a lot written about the boomers seeking out new careers and making decisions to seek out greener pastures in alternative professions or trades. We wanted to get some first hand feedback on the greatest motivators to making a career change. And we wanted to get a realistic read on the level of willingness and desire to make such commitments to change. Most of all, though, we were interested in learning about fears, particularly in today’s economy. So we completed a survey of our readership and learned a bit about their take on career change.
First, here are some statistics. Thirty one percent of our respondents are currently employed and a full 66% “enjoy” the work in their current or most recent career. This high rate of satisfaction with their work likely explains the length of time that they have spent in their current or most recent profession. A full 69% have been employed in the same profession or trade for more than 6 years while more than 42% have been employed in the same profession or trade for more than 15 years. How’s that for longevity and commitment?