The coronavirus has had a lasting impact on our lives, especially the way we work, resulting in many contemplating career changes.

The research conducted by Aviva found that three-fifths of workers now plan to make a career change due to covid, with 10% of those saying working from home was a priority.

Their latest How We Live report found that almost half (48%) thought working from home less stressful, particularly because it required no commute.

42% also said it did not create any concern over what to wear and 29% said it offered more time with family.

Only one in five of the respondents actually said working from home was more stressful.

Mainly because they struggled to switch off, they missed colleagues or did not have a sufficient workspace.

Of those most willing to make a career change was the under-25s, with 87% revealing they are wanting to re-evaluate their careers in the next 12 months.

The interest to retrain also seems to have grown for 25-34s at 14%, compared to 10% across all other age groups.

This has led to 68% of UK adults spending more time learning or improving their practical skills during the pandemic.

Gareth Hemming, MD, Personal Lines, Aviva, said: “Adapting, learning, and evolving are the messages that come through loud and clear in this latest How We Live study. 

“The last year has been one of constant change, and even though there is hope on the horizon, we are still getting to grips with new ways of living and working.

“In all walks of life, the expectations set at the start of 2020 were dramatically disrupted.

“Property plans, holidays, work schedules and career ambitions were thrown into disarray.

“But the last year has shown that people are incredibly resilient and there have been positive outcomes for individuals and communities.

“They have embraced new modes of working, learned new skills and made beneficial changes to their lifestyles.”


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