The days of a career for life seem to be long gone, with many changing careers several times throughout their lives before they find an industry and role that’s a true fit.
Now research has revealed that those employees under 30, including graduates, are amongst those workers who are most open to the idea of career switching, with just over half (51%) ready to contemplate abandoning their current careers when they are just two years in.
The findings from the study conducted by discount supermarket Aldi, which questioned more than 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 30, also revealed what those graduates who were considering a change of career direction were prepared to do to break into a new sector.
A quarter revealed that they had joined a graduate training scheme, while more than third (36%) said they would consider retraining. A further 28% argued that they would even return for a spell of hitting the books at university if it meant finding a career path they loved.
This willingness to take risks and try out something new in their career may have something to do with the fact that just four out of ten graduates were in roles that directly correlated to their degree subject.
In fact, a quarter of graduates are so keen to re-start their careers that they would be prepared to start in a junior role.
The UK’s economic recovery also appears to have contributed to graduates growing willingness to experiment with their careers, with 42% of respondents arguing that they’re more likely to consider a new role than three years ago.
James Hutcheson, the company’s head of graduate recruitment, said: “This survey has uncovered that there is a significant level of dissatisfaction across graduates when it comes to their initial choice of career path. A desire for clearer career prospects and more opportunities to develop with training, alongside greater satisfaction appear to be the overriding reasons that graduates are considering a move.”