With employment trends continuing to suggest an uncertain economic climate, 55 percent of the global professional workforce is considering changing careers, according to a new poll conducted by Monster.
The survey, which included more than 4,600 responses from professionals around the world, found that another 30 percent would consider such a move if they could find a better career. One of the most interesting findings was that responses were consistent among workers in Europe, North America and Asia.
From country to country, however, differences were seen. Only 9 percent of employees in the U.K. said their career was not impacted by the uncertain economy, compared to 15 percent of French workers.
"There are many types of career changes, with some people making a career ‘side-step,’ moving into a new kind of role within their current industry, while others may be making a more radical change," Charles Purdy, Monster.com’s career expert, said in a release. "Before considering a change, workers need to do thorough research, making sure they have realistic expectations and a concrete plan for filling their skills gaps."
One of the major things to consider when making a career change is that accepting a lower salary at first can be necessary, though opportunities to advance will exist.