Traditionally, following a career path meant starting at the bottom and slowly working your way to the top. There was nothing unusual about working in the same sector, and often at the same company, for the whole of your professional life. 

Today’s job market is much more dynamic, and many people relish the opportunity to explore different career options. People’s career strategies are changing. But how is this working out for them in practice? To find out, Michael Page surveyed 634 candidates from mid-July through September. The results will interest you.

Today’s career paths are dynamic 

The days when a successful career was mostly defined by its stability are gone. More than half of the respondents (54%) said they had moved to a different sector since starting their careers. In addition, only 7% of respondents have never considered changing careers.

The average candidate today considers a career change after three years. The motivations for the change are manifold. The majority wants to learn something new (68%), but many also long for a sense of fulfilment in their working life. Almost 60% want to make a bigger impact at work, while 50% want a career that better aligns with their interests and skills.

Employer branding makes the difference 

Organisations can draw inspiration from our findings, which show that candidates gravitate towards employers who foster professional growth and an employee-friendly culture. Learn more about today's job seekers and their needs in our infographic with the full results of our research.

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