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Career switches 'prevalent among workers'

Published: Wednesday, 26 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

A high proportion of people working in the UK have pursued a different career path at least three times, according to new research

Sector skills council Lifelong Learning surveyed some 2,000 people and discovered that one in six respondents has switched careers three times, while seven out of ten stated they had changed at least once.

More than one in eight stated changing with even more regularity, with those switching the most found in industries including banking, insurance and travel.

Commenting on the findings, Carolyn Dowding, education adviser at Lifelong Learning, said: "Changing your career can be a really positive step towards fulfilling your ambitions and aspirations on both a personal and professional level. And making a job switch can be the perfect opportunity to give something back to the community."

When asked to predict what age they would next expect to look for a change of career direction, 65 per cent of respondents replied in their 30s.

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