A new survey has found that although prospective career changers cite financial worries as their biggest barriers to finding fulfilling work, what they really need is support to navigate the unknown.
Half of all respondents say fear of failure and the unknown stop them making a move
Financial concerns hold back almost 7 in 10 would-be career-changers
70% of career-changers are looking for support with their shift
72% of respondents to the survey were women.
A survey by career change specialists Careershifters of more than 1,000 people contemplating a shift in career found that over half (52%) are holding back from pursuing fulfilling careers due to fear of the ‘unknown’, and 43% are afraid of failure. 72% of respondents to the survey were women.
Financial concerns are also at the top of the list of career change barriers (68%), and almost half of those who want to shift careers are uncertain of what else they can do (49%) or where to start (47%).
The survey was carried out through a web-based questionnaire of 1,042 mid-career professionals, male and female, who have expressed interested in making a career change. The findings underscore that, while desiring a change, many people find it too hard to move themselves out of their comfort zone and want support to do so.
Career-changers don’t want help with their CVs; they want practical steps and support from others.
Just 2% of people say CV advice would be most useful to them, while just 7% rate financial advice as being important – despite naming it as a significant barrier to career change.
However 70% of people are looking for personal support – in the form of coaching, mentoring or guidance – to help to them make a shift.
But support is available, says founder Richard Alderson said: “There’s an unacceptable cost to society of so many people being unfulfilled in their work: our health, wellbeing and productivity are all suffering. We’re tackling this issue through helping people with the hardest parts of making a career change: overcoming fear, getting clear on what else they want to do, and developing the mindset they need to be successful – not only with this shift, but also with future ones.”
Natasha Stanley, head coach for Careershifters, said: “Practicalities like CVs are pretty figure-outable; where people get stuck long-term is on the internal obstacles of finding fulfilling work. And that’s where we’ve seen our three-part approach combining coaching, step-by-step guidance, and a community of peers really work.”
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Career-changer, Indre Nagyte, 38, from London, had a high-flying job in international marketing for a leading food brand, but dreamed of following her passion to work in travel. Lack of experience, uncertainty and a fear of the unknown held her back from taking steps towards change:
“I created barriers for myself. I had transferable skills, but all I could see was inexperience in the travel industry. My uncertainty about my next steps stopped me doing anything at all. When I joined Careershifters’ 8 week Launch Pad course, my whole approach changed. Having the support of experts and peers going through similar challenges helped me to realise that action breeds motivation – I needed to try things out and ask for help in the real world. Now, I work in marketing for a specialist travel company and took a new challenge co-founding a new sheet mask brand Lecler.”
See more at www.careershifters.org