Are You Happy In Your Career?

This year saw my twentieth anniversary of leaving school. Twenty years! I don’t understand how this is actually possible because it really does feel like only yesterday. I really had no clue what kind of career I wanted and so didn’t go to college or sixth form and instead chose to get a job straight away. I have been working ever since.

I have had different jobs over the years. Some I enjoyed but none of them ever felt like they were really me. It is only recently that I have finally found something that I truly love to do. It’s crazy really, because I have found my calling in a job and hopefully now a career, in something that didn’t even exist when I left school. Social media didn’t exist twenty years ago. So I kind of believe that I had to wait for my time to come. And that time is now.

I have always been a fan of social media since My Space and Facebook came on the scene some years ago. Then when Twitter evolved I jumped on that bandwagon and the rest is history. It is through this blog and my experience of using social media to promote it that I now do this for a job. I love it and really can’t see me doing anything else. This is no my chosen career path and I’m really excited for what the future holds.

#NoMore9to5

Vorwerk are suppliers of superior household products and their team have asked me to take part in their #NoMore9to5 campaign. This campaign is designed to raise awareness of how people in the UK really feel about their career.

Did you know that only thirteen percent of people really enjoy their job?

This really shocked me and I feel truly blessed that I am one of those thirteen percent. It also saddens me at the same time. We spend a lot of time at work and it’s such a shame that so many people are out there, going to work each day and not enjoying what they are doing. Surely life is too short for that? One in 20 (6%) see no benefits of their job, and nearly one in ten (9%) workers go as far as hating their jobs according to new research from Vorwerk. It’s obvious from these statistics that I am quite clearly in the minority.

Do we get to a certain age and realise we aren’t happy? Or is always that way? For most of the people surveyed, the career crisis peaks in the run-up to turning 30, with 29-and-four-fifths the age when most people want to change career. Is this the fear of getting towards middle age perhaps? Those in East Anglia are the most unhappy with their career choices with half of the region wanting a change (49%), followed by the North East with 48%, and the North West with 46%.

So You Want A Change In Career?

Did you know that only 20% of the UK has actually taken the plunge to change their career and their happiness? Why so? The top barriers to change are the same for both men and women, but males are 6% more risk averse than their female counterparts.

So You Want A Change In Career?

Money is the common motivator to change for both sexes, that’s probably no surprise if we’re completely honest! But it seems women are 7% more career motivated than men, and it is men that are most likely to want to change career for an easier life.  Men are looking for a less pressured, more flexible, and less career-focused role than women considering changing careers. Go girls!

Speaking about the findings, careers expert and author of ‘How To Get a Job You Love’, John Lees said:

“What makes sad reading is that there are an awful lot of people unhappy at work, and not feeling like they are getting anything out of their job. There are also vast numbers of people that want change, but stumble at the first hurdle and don’t know what direction to take.

“The good news is that it is possible to make the change – good background research, a burst of self-confidence, and a calculated risk can really pay off.

“I’d urge anyone unhappy in their job to take some time out and really think about what they would like to do instead. There are plenty of structured work opportunities that allow you to work for yourself while taking on a new career and with the rise of the portfolio.”

So what about the future?

For the fifth of us (20%) that have branched out into a new area, the good news is that the other side looks good – with the most common emotions associated with changing career being excitement (42%) and liberation (35%).

So You Want A Change In Career?

Thomas Henningsson from Vorwerk says:

“We are seeing increasing numbers of disgruntled employees looking for a fresh start enquiring about direct selling with us – where people can carve out a new career but in a structured way without the risks of going it alone.

“Whether you are looking for a total career change, to earn money in your spare time, or simply to add another stream to your portfolio career, we’d urge you to get in touch with Vorwerk and see how we can help you.”

Top Tips For Changing Your Career

Take a look at these tips from John Lees about changing your career. It might not be as unrealistic as you think.

  1. Look hard at the things which get in the way of change – risk, uncertainty, lack of confidence. Where have you overcome these barriers before?
  2. Look at the things you most enjoy about work, and imagine where else you can do the same things.
  3. Pack your lifeboat before you jump ship – catalogue your skills, know-how and experience so that you can match them to new opportunities.
  4. Investigate alternative ways of working, including self-employment, as well as conventional jobs.
  5. Research as if you were finding out for someone else. Talk to people about their experiences, and keep asking ‘who else should I be talking to’?
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I know I am lucky enough to love my job but it wasn’t until I read through these statistics that made me realise how truly lucky I really am. I am in such a small percentage of people who love what they do each day. It’s made me super grateful and I am now even more excited to see where my chosen career path will take me.

So You Want A Change In Career?

How do you feel about your career? Are you happy? Or are you in the 45% of people that would love to change? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know.

 

To find out more about career opportunities with Vorwerk visit www.kobold.vorwerk.co.uk/career 

Vorwerk provides you with the products and know-how to set up your own business, offering you the chance to be part of the next chapter of this European success story. Allowing you to carve out a full-time career or top-up your income. 

*Research was carried out by OnePoll between 11th-15th August 2017, among a representative sample of 2,000 adults.

 

Post written in collaboration with Vorwerk

 

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46 Comment

  1. Reply
    Life as Mum
    28th September 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Oh wow. 13% . that’s shocking! I work from home and I’m really happy. I don’t even think I can go out working for someone else now, I know i’ll hate it! #blogginggoodtime

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      Jaki
      28th September 2017 at 8:06 pm

      That would be a hard transition!

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    amumatwork
    28th September 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Love this post! Some great advice here about changing things up as well. Having worked in a careers department at a University for several years, I also think there’s more pressure on young people to choose a career early. Traditionally, just having a degree (in any subject) was enough to get you into all sorts of jobs. Now, employers want graduates who have already developed skills in their industry, which basically means choosing what you want to do at an earlier age. It’s the same for things like apprenticeships. How are you expected to decide what you want to do for life at the age of 18? It’s tough!

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      Jaki
      28th September 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Really tough! We develop so many interests later on in life, I’m a perfect example of that! Thanks for your great comment!

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    Digital Motherhood
    28th September 2017 at 7:38 pm

    It’s 20 years since I did my GCSEs! Scary isn’t it! I like my job – the work rather than the company – but I know a lot of people who aren’t!

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      Jaki
      28th September 2017 at 8:04 pm

      I know, it’s such a shame. Thanks for reading 🙂

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    mummuddlingthrough
    28th September 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Obvs this rang a few bells for me too! being able to work flexibly doing something I enjoy, around my family has been a total game changer. Yet, if I hadn’t been made redundant I’d certainly still be plugging away at the old 9-5…
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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      Jaki
      29th September 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Everything happens for a reason perhaps? 🙂

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    Ross - The Stented Papa
    28th September 2017 at 9:19 pm

    13% – only 13% are happy in their career – Jesus that’s a shocking figure. It appears there are a lot of unhappy folks just going through the daily grid to be, well, unhappy. Wow. I left my job nearly 2 years ago to become a FT SAHD and it’s been the best move ever. But that’s just me. We (my family & I) are very fortunate that my wife has a brilliant job that she loves. More importantly, she loves the fact that I’m the one looking after our girls and not a stranger who charges mental money for the privilege. I am very aware that not everyone has that luxury (to change career) and hence feel trapped in a job they dislike. The Q is ‘Is there a better way’? I would challenge that yes there is. Life is way to short for living & working in a way that causes stress, unhappiness and in some cases, families to break up. And if that happens, change naturally occurs anyway. So my 2 cents is make a change that is in your control before a change happens as a cause of circumstances. Be happy. Enjoy life. Take the plunge. Very good & thought provoking post Jaki.

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      Jaki
      29th September 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks so much for this great comment Ross. It’s a tricky one isn’t it?! I agree that life is far too short and am a big believer that if you really want something, you can make it happen. Even if it’s by taking small steps.

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    Helen
    29th September 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I’m in the process of changing careers and I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity but I know many who are stuck mainly due to time commitments and money. Also it’s having confidence that you can be good at something else, I’m still struggling believing in myself but I’m getting there! #coolmumclub

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      Jaki
      29th September 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Good for you! Good luck with the process!

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    Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine
    29th September 2017 at 7:42 pm

    That’s interesting. I must admit I am a stay at home mum but have been thinking what is going to happen when I go back and that’s made me think a lot about this very question #Blogstravaganza

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      Jaki
      29th September 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Pause for thought and all that! 🙂

  8. Reply
    thetaleofmummyhood
    30th September 2017 at 1:49 pm

    13% is a crazy figure. So many people just go through the motions and that’s such a shame. Life is far too short to be doing something your hate! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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      Jaki
      2nd October 2017 at 10:58 am

      It is such a shame. Thanks for hosting 🙂

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    mummyhereandthere
    30th September 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I think as a parent it is really hard to get the balance of career/happiness/life. 13% is quite socking though X #pocolo

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      Jaki
      2nd October 2017 at 10:57 am

      I was very surprised!

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    Jo
    1st October 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I am unfortunately one of those 87% that don’t like their job, and I’m trying to do something about that but it is proving hard. At the moment my job lets me have flexible starts so I can do the school run as well as letting me go early for Sports Day and parents evening. But trying to find a new job at my level, on reduced hours and flexible is proving really difficult. Maybe that’s why there are so many of us unhappy, the alternatives are just not there. Yes working for myself has crossed my mind, hence why I blog! #sharingthebloglove

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      Jaki
      2nd October 2017 at 10:53 am

      It’s very hard to find a job that is flexible. I have one too and I realise how lucky I am. Good luck with your search, I hope you find something that works for you soon.

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    Aleena Brown
    1st October 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I never really knew what I wanted to do. Well, actually, I’ve always known I wanted to write, I just didn’t discover in what format until recently. #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      2nd October 2017 at 10:51 am

      That’s great you have finally found something you want to do 🙂

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    2nd October 2017 at 8:20 pm

    13% is a really depressing figure. I work in administration which I guess can always appear boring, but I genuinely enjoy it – it appeals to the organiser in me! I do two days a week as well, which is a perfect balance for me, and it gives me the flexibility I need with small children. I think the step to change your career can be so scary, but so rewarding if you decide to make the leap. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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      Jaki
      3rd October 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Very depressing, I agree. I’m so glad I’m not in that percentage. We are lucky Katy! Glad you enjoy your job. Nothing wrong with admin, I did it for a very long time 🙂

  13. Reply
    thesingleswan
    3rd October 2017 at 9:20 am

    This is really interesting research in here. I would like to change my career, not because I am unhappy in my job but because it is very 9-5 which is increasingly difficult with a child and because I have been in the same career for 13 years and I feel the need to change things up a bit. My barriers are that as a single mum I can’t afford to take risks – there is no safety blanket. I also have no idea where to start. Pen x #AnythingGoes

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      Jaki
      3rd October 2017 at 12:27 pm

      It’s very tricky and such a shame that there are so many people in this situation. I hope that you find something soon.

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    dearbearandbeany
    3rd October 2017 at 10:54 am

    I’m shocked that only 13% only enjoy their job! I am currently a stay at home mum, but over the next 10 months I will be returning to work and that I’m hoping this will involved a career change. It’s a little nerve racking at the moment, but I’m sure it will be fine and I want to be one of those 13% that will love it. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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      Jaki
      3rd October 2017 at 12:24 pm

      It’s a scary figure isn’t it? I hope you find something that you love. Thank you for hosting.

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    3rd October 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I have done several jobs as a stepping stone to something better. I think work life has changed a lot from 50 years ago and businesses need to adapt or face losing staff #sharingthebloglove

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      Jaki
      3rd October 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Absolutely!

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    nightwisprav3n
    3rd October 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I don’t know about the UK but here in the states we are constantly being pressured to work. It doesn’t matter if your job sucks or if it is beneath you. If you don’t work, you are a worthless human being. You’re lazy and selfish. If you quit your job to go travel or decide that you’d rather hold out for something better, you’re not contributing and that’s a very bad thing. That’s the attitude of so many Americans and quite honestly, it’s stifling. We work whatever job we can get our hands on because that’s what society tells us we have to do. From my perspective, its just another form of oppression. Keep the Average Joe down in the dumps so he has no aspirations for bigger and better things and may even achieve happiness. #anythinggoes

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      Jaki
      7th October 2017 at 10:57 am

      That’s so sad. We spend so long at work, it really should be something we enjoy doing. It’s a shame that it’s not thought about like this the world over.

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    jeremy@thirstydaddy
    3rd October 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I’m pretty content. I like what I do and most of the people I do it with. I feel that I help people, even if in a small way. Its fortunate, because I have absolutely no skills to do anything else! #anythinggoes

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      Jaki
      7th October 2017 at 10:53 am

      Ah I’m sure you do! But great that you love what you do!

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    Nicola
    4th October 2017 at 11:17 am

    I’ve done a lot of job switching in the last few years and am now just about to think about doing it again…one day I’ll find the right one! #ablogginggoodtime

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      Jaki
      7th October 2017 at 10:42 am

      Well done for persevering! 🙂

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    Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu)
    4th October 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I can honestly say that at the moment I am not sure
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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      Jaki
      7th October 2017 at 10:37 am

      I hope you find something that you’re happy doing soon. Until then, your blog is wonderful 🙂

  20. Reply
    randommusings29
    6th October 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Love this! Leaving the day job to become a full time writer is by the far the best thing I’ve ever done. I love my work now and although part of me wishes I’d done it sooner, I don’t think I would have been disciplined enough for it in my twenties so this is a great time for me
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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      Jaki
      7th October 2017 at 10:15 am

      That’s really great to hear, and good for you to achieve your dream career. Well done!

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    Vicky
    6th October 2017 at 10:18 pm

    It’s a tough decision, isn’t it? I left my career job after baby, but the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. I believe that you need both – a career and your family to be fulfilled. x

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      Jaki
      7th October 2017 at 10:10 am

      And then that can be a juggling act!

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    Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    7th October 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Those stats are shocking, although I suppose, not completely surprising. It is a shame as a lot of time you spend more time with your colleagues then you do with your family #HoneybeeLinky

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      Jaki
      8th October 2017 at 1:18 pm

      It is such a shame. I thank my lucky stars.

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    mebeingmummy
    8th October 2017 at 10:04 am

    I had a conversation with my OH recently about work and how everyone should be able to do a job that they love because we spend so much of our time doing it in our lives. He said I am crazy, that most people just see a job as a way to pay bills and that there’s no room for doing something your passionate about. I hope he’s wrong… to be stuck in a job I hate would be so miserable. Thank you for joining in with the #HoneybeeLinky lovely! Hope to see you for the next One! Xx

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      Jaki
      8th October 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I read a quote the other day – “Find something you love to do and them find someone to pay you for doing it”. It might not always be practical, but I think it’s always possible.

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