Considering a career change? Here’s what you need to know

Here, we reveal the top ten industries for those considering a career change.

We spend too much of our lives at work not to love what we do, but sadly, 75.7 per cent of UK professionals would start an entirely new career if they were given the chance, suggesting they aren’t happy with their chosen path. That’s according to CV-Library, which also finds four in ten workers (39.9 per cent) are unhappy in their current roles.

The popular job board has spent the last year researching what candidates want from their job search, their working life and from their employer. The data, which is comprised of the opinions of over 13,200 UK professionals, has identified some interesting industry trends that could help you to make your next career move.

So if you’re looking for more from your job, or you’re considering a career change altogether, CV-Library reveals the top ten industries you should consider:

1. Design – If you’re looking for a better work-life balance

More than a third (37.5 per cent) of designers revealed that they don’t have to do any over time, higher than any other industry across the UK. What’s more, more than half (54.2 per cent) have the opportunity to work from home when they want to.

2. Education – If you want more opportunities for training and development

More than two thirds (67.3 per cent) of employers in the education sector invest in regular training and development opportunities for their staff. So, while you may need specific qualifications to get your foot in the door, there are plenty of chances to learn and upskill along the way.

3. Accounting – If you’re searching for a low-stress work environment

Despite working with finances and complex numbers, accountants were the least likely to suffer from workplaces stress. In fact, only a third (36.8 per cent) admitted to feeling stressed at work, less than any other industry.

4. Recruitment – If it’s better workplace perks you want

More than half (51 per cent) of recruiters receive workplace perks, higher than any other industry. Topping the list of perks are free fitness facilities/classes (23.1 per cent), flexible working (16 per cent) and staff discounts (15.4 per cent).

5. Hospitality – If you’re looking for a boss you can get on board with

If you’re looking for a boss you can count on, half of hospitality workers (50.3 per cent) reveal they’ve never had a bad boss. This number far outpaced any other industry, for which the majority had previously had one or more experiences of bad leadership.

6. IT – If you’re looking for more flexibility

If you’re looking for the option of flexible working then IT could be for you! More than half (57.3 per cent) of workers in the industry said they have the option to work from home when they want to.

7. Agriculture – If you want to be happiest in your role

Maybe it’s something about working with nature, but agriculture is the industry that could be for you if you’re looking for all round satisfaction. In fact, 70 per cent of workers in the industry said they were happy in their jobs and this high percentage was not mirrored in any other industry.

8. Customer Service – If you’re fed up of the gender pay gap!

We’re hearing a lot about the gender pay gap at the moment, and we can only hope this publicity will do more to bridge the gap. But, in the meantime, only one in ten (10.9 per cent) professionals working in Customer Service roles admitted to be affected by the pay gap, less than any other industry!

9. Catering – If you want a healthier lifestyle

Perhaps due to the physical nature of many of the roles, catering is the place to be if you fancy being healthier! One in four caterers (23.8 per cent) admit that they eat healthier because of their job and 42.9 per cent have lost weight as a result. Caterers are also some of the most likely to exercise everyday (14.3 per cent).

10. Legal – If it’s a supportive environment you want

If you’re struggling with workplace stress or any mental health issues, interestingly two thirds (66.3 per cent) of legal workers said that their employer is supportive of mental health – this was higher than any other industry.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments, ‘Your job is a big part of your life, so it’s important to be passionate about what you do. Despite what many think, it’s never too late to change things up, whether that’s looking for a new job or changing careers entirely. And what better time to start than the New Year!”

Further reading on career change

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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