AUSTRALIANS DISCONTENT AND SETTLING

Written on the 19 March 2015

AUSTRALIANS DISCONTENT AND SETTLING

RESEARCH reveals an alarmingly high rate of discontent among the Australian workforce, with 68 per cent of workers wanting to change industry and 75 per cent actively monitoring the job market. 

This is according to SEEK's recently published SEEK Change Report, which brings to the forefront that Australians on average spend 13 years at work, throughout this time most thinking their skills could be better applied elsewhere.

In Queensland specifically, 52 per cent of workers are currently unhappy in their jobs.

A considerably higher number of people aged 18 to 24 across Australia want to change jobs 43 per cent compared to 25 per cent when assessing all ages. 

Leading the motivation to change industry is following one's true calling (38 per cent), closely followed by higher earning potential (36 per cent) and work life balance (35 per cent).

Equally, 38 per cent of Australians intend to change jobs in the coming year, but history shows the figure of those who make the move is lower at around 23 per cent.

There is a lack of belief in abilities across the board with a third of the country believing their level of education is holding them back among other things.

Career coach Kate James says the best way to initially deal with discontent is to make small changes in the situation you are currently in.

"Change doesn't have to be drastic our careers are constantly evolving and we should recognise the vast number of opportunities which open and close in front of us every day," says James.

James top three tips for creating change in working life

  1. Start with you. Understand what a fulfilling life and career looks like for you. Tap into your values, strengths, and aspirations to understand what will make you happy and fulfilled in the short-term and long-term. What do you enjoy doing? What do people say you're good at? What would you do if money was no object?
  2. Maybe you can have it all. Map out your 10-year plan and choose your top priorities for now. Once you know what you want to do, don't be afraid to make small sacrifices to get you to where you want to be. Do your best to keep some sense of balance along the way.
  3. Take back control. Feel empowered to take your career into your own hands. Start with small action steps they'll make a difference, and help you to feel in control. Update your SEEK profile, reach out to a formal mentor or someone in the industry you would like to work in, volunteer, or take a course.

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