Most employees lose dream of securing their dream job


News feed

22 Feb
UK Firms Plan To Hire New Staff
UK firms plan to hire new staff More than half of UK employers intend to […]
09 Feb
The UK Companies Seeing The Upside Of Brexit
Despite the EU-UK trade deal bringing disruption and red tape, some of the UK companies […]
02 Feb
UK Will Apply To Join CPTPP
The UK will apply to join a free trade area CPTPP with 11 Asia and […]

Most employees lose dream of securing their dream job

A staggering 57% of us admit we’ve lost all hope of ever doing a job that we love, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Of these, 34% of working adults say they have left it too late, while a further 34% believe they are not confident enough to take that step into the unknown. The average age at which they threw in the towel on their dream career was just thirty.

And while 37% find their current role rewarding, 34% find it incredibly stressful, three in ten (31%) find it exhausting, and more than one in ten (13%) feel it doesn’t challenge them in the slightest.

However, many workers have suggested that training and development would be a great benefit. The study found that more than seven in 10 (77%) of the nation’s workers would like more training at work, while 46% would love to gain more qualifications to help them in their current job.16 % of Brits, indeed, want more qualifications in order to start their own business.

38% of Brits said that, while they would jump at the chance to develop their career, they felt completely unsupported by their bosses to do so. And 40% of employers admitted that they have staff who would be much better in their job given the right motivation and training.

Little wonder then, perhaps, that 64% of British workers say they feel very jealous of people who seem to adore their careers.

“I found my dream job long after turning 30”

Nicola Donnelly, 38, lives in Croxteth, Liverpool with her two children Ellie and Mikey. She knows what it is like to find her dream job after she had turned 30, as at that point, Nicola had no qualifications and was unable to get any interviews.

She started attending the Knowsley Unemployed Centre, which had a free Sage course every Wednesday morning. From there, she gained her AAT qualifications, and then a Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA.

This led Nicola to starting her own practice, Mend Accounting, five years ago when aged 33. The business now has 70 clients and she works on it full-time, having gained a first-class degree in Accountancy through ACCA in summer 2019.

Through her work, she has been able to start taking her children on dream holidays. “From a single parent on benefits to a mum with her own business, gaining AAT qualifications really did change my life, and helped me find my dream job.”

Many workers haven’t taken extra courses or qualifications

The study also revealed that 27% of Brits haven’t taken any courses or earned any further qualifications since they left secondary school or university.

Of those, 30% believe that such formal development ‘wasn’t something they need in their line of work’ while 16% insisted their employer simply doesn’t invest in courses and training for its staff.

Interestingly, the study revealed a split between the two great university cities of Cambridge and Oxford when it came to the last time people took qualifications.

It’s been an average of 9.4 years since people based in Cambridge last sat an exam or studied a course – one of the highest nationally along with Newcastle (9.2 years) and Edinburgh (8.8 years).

In contrast, people living in Oxford last studied 7.2 years ago, one of the lowest figures in Britain along with Brighton (7.3 years) and Nottingham (7.5 years).

Source: RecruitmentBuzz