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A third of UK decision makers looking for a career change in 2013

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At a time of year when people are putting into practice their new year’s resolutions, a new career is among the most popular choices. High-level executives, business leaders and decision makers, too are looking for a career change.

New independent market research commissioned by career advisor AGM Transitions found that almost one third of UK business decision makers are looking for a career change in 2013. The prospect of more money is the main driver for a career change, whilst some are looking for a different challenge. However, in the current economic climate only 37 per cent of respondents are confident about securing a new role.

The research also found that half of all respondents would use job websites when looking for a new role. However, despite social media increasingly being used for business networking and research purposes, 67 per cent still do not use social media to promote or market themselves in the industry.

Finding the right opportunity was the most daunting aspect of changing jobs (40 per cent), followed by the fear of change (23 per cent) and pulling a CV together (22 per cent). Yet despite the challenges associated with finding a new job only 13 per cent plan to use a career consultant to get advice and prepare themselves for the job market. This is surprising given that 39 per cent of respondents admit that they would have a chosen a different career path had they received better career counselling previously.

Commenting on the research findings, Stephen Mansbridge, executive director and co-founder at AGM Transitions says, “No matter what stage of your career you have reached the prospect of changing jobs is unnerving. It can be a very stressful, lengthy process which is often led by self-evaluation and no real understanding of what options are available – it can be completely confusing, and for those higher up the corporate ladder they will often feel they have further to fall.”

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