Despite many of us spending much of our waking day at work, only 13% of UK adults actually enjoy our jobs, 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 German appliance maker Vorwerk.

For most people, this career crisis peaks in the run up to turning 30, with 29-and-four-fifths the age when most people want to change career. Those in East Anglia are 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%.

Barriers to taking the plunge
And while we many of us (44%) dream of making the move and switching career, only 20% of the UK has actually taken the plunge. The top barriers to change are the same for men and women, but males are 6% more risk adverse than their female counterparts.

Barrier Men Women
Consider it too risky 33% 27%
Don’t know where to start 19% 21%
Don’t know what else to do 17% 18%

Men looking for an easier life
Money is the universal motivator to change, but women are 7% more career motivated then men, and it is men that are most likely to want to change career for an easier life. Men are more likely to be looking for a more flexible, less pressured, and less career-focused role than women considering changing careers.

Top five motivations to change Men Women
Money 50% 49%
Better work life balance 30% 29%
Less pressure 18% 14%
Better career progression 17% 24%
Flexible hours 12% 9%

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 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 career, now has never been a better time to experiment and find your niche.”

The future is bright
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%).

Thomas Henningsson from Vorwerk added: “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.”

John Lees’ top tips for changing career
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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