Monster.com, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), today announced the results of a global poll revealing that more than 50% of respondents indicate they are trying to switch careers because of national or global economic troubles. A third (33%) of total respondents reported they would maybe switch careers due to the global economic troubles while only 14% reported their career as unaffected by the economy. “It’s certainly wise to take broad economic trends into account when planning your career, but you want to be careful not to chase trendy jobs blindly,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster.com. “Information about economic trends can help you keep your expectations in check, which is especially important if you're planning to return to school on borrowed money to pursue a new career,” she added. “But you’ll still want to consider your temperament and natural talents, and how well they mesh with the day-to-day realities of the job. The best way to counteract the hype surrounding ‘hot jobs’ is careful research – and you will have to do it on your own, ideally by talking with people who actually do the job that may interest you.” Monster.com asked visitors to their site the question, “Are national or global economic troubles causing you to consider a complete career change?” and received more than 3,400 responses. Total international findings included:
Yes, I am trying to switch my career – 53%
Maybe, if I can find a better career – 33%
No, my career is not impacted by economic troubles – 14%
The poll results also indicate wide differences from country to country. Over 54% of Canadian respondents report they are trying to switch careers, compared to about 22% of German respondents. The highest number of respondents trying to switch came from UK (61%), followed by the US (57%) and France (51%).