Royal Roads University's Career Confidence Survey finds Millennials most concerned about value of their skill setVICTORIA, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - A new survey sponsored by Royal Roads University reveals almost half of all employed Canadians anticipate making a career change within the next five years, but many feel their existing skill set leaves them ill-prepared for it. "Gone are the days of getting an education to secure you in one life-long career," said Catherine Riggins, Associate Vice President, with Victoria's Royal Roads University. "Canadians clearly understand the reality that they will have many careers throughout the course of their working lives - and the importance of life-long learning in maximizing opportunities. The challenge lies in ensuring they are equipped to make those changes." RRU's Career Confidence Survey - a national poll of more than 1,000 employed Canadians (conducted by Ipsos) - found 45 per cent expect to make a job or career change in the next five years. A similar number (44 per cent) of Millennials expect it to happen within the next 12 months. But with that change on the horizon, almost one in three (29 per cent) report they don't feel prepared for it, based on their current skill set and transferable skills. Millennials - often considered the most tech-savvy - are the most worried (one in four) that their current skill set might prove no longer valuable to their employer. Recognition of the importance of life-long learning is exceptionally high, with 87 per cent of respondents agreeing that it's "crucial for career success." However, the majority (61 per cent) do not anticipate furthering their education to upgrade current skills or to learn new ones. "This reveals a disconnect between endorsing life-long learning as a concept, yet not being prepared to actually commit to it and enroll in a new skills development course," Riggins said. "RRU wants to shift this mindset, and prepare people for success by teaching them how to become life-learners, wherever they're at in their lives and whatever their age."