80% of Twenty-Somethings Want to Switch Career Paths
3:00 pm, July 4th | by Grace Rasmus
In a recent interview with The Jane Dough, Marla Rausch opened up about how her ever-changing career path led her to a satisfying dream job as founder and CEO of Animation Vertigo. She jumped from journalism to financial planning to animation, carrying the skills she learned in each field with her to the next one.
According to a Harris survey for the University of Phoenix in Arizona, the desire to change career paths — especially as a young professional — is not at all uncommon. In fact, nearly 80 percent of workers in their 20s said they wanted to change careers, followed by 64 percent of those in their 30s and 54 percent in their 40s.
“It is not uncommon for working adults to consider one or multiple career changes,” Dr. Bill Pepicello, the president of the University of Phoenix, said in a statement announcing the results. “Choosing one career path after high school or college and sticking with it for the rest of a career is becoming less common as the pace of business and technology quickly change jobs and industries.”
Although the majority of workers said they had career plans when they were younger, 73 percent of them had not landed in the job they had expected. Women were more likely than men to be in a different job than they had anticipated, according to the poll. College graduates tended to follow a planned career path more than non-graduates.
Location was also an important factor. Twenty-two percent of those living in San Francisco were likely to be in a “dream job,” compared to only eight percent of employees in Los Angeles. In New York City, 62 percent of workers were somewhat interested in changing careers, compared to 67 percent of workers in Atlanta and 60 percent in LA.
Even people running their own businesses were not very happy, with only 20 percent saying they were in their desired careers. Of the 14 percent of workers overall who were in their dream job, nearly 20 percent worked in business management, followed by 16 percent in healthcare.
Have you ever seriously considered changing career paths? When and why? Share your story in the comments!