Many Professionals Are Ready for a Career Change

Many Professionals Are Ready for a Career Change

Many Professionals Are Ready for a Career Change

Plan B  55% of working adults in this survey are interested in changing careers.

If you've ever sat at your desk and asked yourself, "Is this all there is?" with respect to your career path, you're in good company. A majority of professionals are interested in making a career change, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the University of Phoenix. And you'd be surprised at how prevalent this trend is: A significant percentage of well-paid, successful C-suite executives are interested in exploring their career options. What are the reasons for this desire for change? Much of the restlessness has to do with opportunities created by rapid changes in business and technology, along with the wealth of talent shortages in many fields. "There is a skills gap in America, which has contributed to more than 3 million open positions," says Bill Pepicello, president of the University of Phoenix. "There are definitely opportunities, and professionals who have done their homework will have an advantage. It is important that those looking to change careers understand where the jobs are and what skills are required, as well as how experience from previous employment will translate to a new industry." More than 1,600 U.S. employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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