The turbulent economy is affecting the way employees feel about their jobs.
More than half of the respondents to a recent survey said they are trying to change careers because of the uncertain economic climate. An additional 33 percent say they would look for another job only if they could find a better career.
Just 14 percent of workers say the economy has not affected their careers. The research does not specify what the direct correlation between the economy and employees' concerns,
"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, which conducted the research. "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."
The researchers found that workers in the United States were among the most ready to try changing careers. Fifty-seven percent of workers in the United States are looking to switch jobs, trailing only workers in the United Kingdom. Just 22 percent of German workers say they are looking to change careers.
Slayter also offers the following tips to those looking for new careers:
"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," Slayter said. "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."
The research was based on the responses of 3,400 workers.