A survey shows that 71% of those working in German-speaking Switzerland would change jobs if they could. Dream jobs vary significantly by gender.
The survey, conducted by Marketagent.com on behalf of XING Switzerland, questioned around 1,000 employees in German-speaking Switzerland between the ages of 18 and 65.
If age and and education could be ignored, 71% of the group said they would switch jobs. Dream jobs for men, in order of popularity, include: professional sportsman (8%), pilot (6%) and lawyer (5%). The top three for women are: veterinarian (9%), doctor (7%) and psychologist (5%).
Dream jobs vary little with age with two notable exceptions. 18 to 24-year-olds list archaeologist in second place (5%). And those aged 60 to 65 put writer at the top (6%).
Money is low on the list of motivations for changing. 49% want to change to have more fun at work, 32% to find work with more purpose, 30% to be more mentally challenged and 29% to realise a childhood dream. Money came fifth (26%) while job status came in even lower (11%).
If employees could turn back the clock, almost one in three (31%) would have chosen a different career. Career satisfaction appears to dip in the middle. 63% of those aged between 18 and 24 are pleased with there choice, as are 70% of those aged 60 to 65. Between 40 and 49 less than half (49%) would make the same career choice. At the beginning anything seems possible. Near the end looking back things typically look better.
When advising their children parents are more circumspect. Only 24% would recommend their children follow in their footsteps and 42% would discourage their kids from doing what they do.
Changing jobs is becoming more common. In the US a study released in March 2015 shows that people born in the years between 1957 and 1964 held around 11 different jobs from age 18 to 48. A Linkedin survey shows how high job hopping is among US millennials, those born between 1980 and 1996.Within five years of graduating, men in this group changed jobs just under three times, and women just over three times.