Career shifts are on the rise, and that is an inevitable truth. As more and more people seek jobs that provide greater work-life balance and fulfilment, and as we continue to learn about growing sources of passive income that allow us to do what we love, this trend will only continue to grow. Taking into account the global shift towards remote and hybrid working models, a rising number of employees are considering dramatic career shifts.
According to a recent report by Gallup, 60% of people are emotionally detached at work and 19% are miserable. Disengaged employees are the ones who will leave once a better opportunity presents itself.
Traditionally, career shifts were viewed negatively- but that is no longer the case. As much as we'd like to pretend that COVID is behind us, the impact that it's had on our lives, the world, and the way we work cannot be ignored. Employees want more and they are not settling anymore.
You can see clear examples of this amongst your colleagues and friends. One of my childhood friends left a successful career in audit to work in communications, where she had to start all over, at an entry-level role. My friend, Jumana, who I've written about before here, launched her passion project Kind Seminars with her partner Mohammed Mamdouh, to bring together storytellers, creators, and filmmakers as they learn from one another, share common experiences and launch joint creative projects.
I have recently also decided to take a break from a full-time role, to reassess what I wanted to do and what my next steps in my career would be, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Times have changed, and we have more options than ever before. Freelancing, remote working, or even changing your career all together- these are all options that have become widely accepted and common in the modern workplace- and perhaps they will become the answer to the rising rates of employee discontent.