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Economy Causing Many to Consider Career Changes

More than half of respondents to a global Monster poll are considering making a career switch in response to the current economy, while nearly one-third would consider a move if they could find a better career. Conversely, only 15 percent responded that their career was not impacted by the economy.

“There are many types of career changes, with some people making a career ‘side-step,’ moving into a new kind of role within their current industry, while others may be making a more radical change”

Results indicate a consistent response from workers across Europe, North America, and Asia, where more than half of respondents in these countries are looking to change their career in response to an uncertain economy, by a respective 54 and joint 55 percent. North American regions included US (56 percent), Canada (55 percent) and Mexico (51 percent).

Monster UK respondents were meanwhile overwhelmingly in agreement about considering a switch in their career due to economic troubles, with nearly two-thirds (62 percent) answering yes.

Of those who aren’t already considering a career change, many others are on the fence; one-third of Canadian workers (33 percent) would consider a career change if something better came along, a response closely favored by French (31 percent) and US (30 percent) respondents.

In comparison, there is a significant difference in the responses of workers country to country who answered that the economy is not impacting their career. Just 9 percent of workers polled in the UK answered their career was not impacted, compared to 15 percent of French workers who answered no to the same question.

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