Do Your Skills Match Your Career?

Do Your Skills Match Your Career?

Finding a job that you’re passionate about and where you have the skills you need to succeed can feel like a dream for many. In fact, new research has found that just 33 per cent of people believe that their current job matches their skillset.

Global Recruiter shared the findings of a study by PensionBee, which also found that just 16 per cent of those questioned would describe their current role as one that they’re passionate about.

The research also looked at what factors are causing employees to be unhappy in their jobs, with stress at the top of the list. 33 per cent of those surveyed cited this as the main reason why they’re not happy in their jobs.

Close behind was a lack of progression (30 per cent) and not learning new skills (27 per cent). Meanwhile, just one-quarter of workers believe that their job is giving them transferable skills.

The organisation also asked people what was stopping them looking for a new job if they are unhappy, with 29 per cent saying that a fear of the unknown was what held them back, and the same proportion saying that their age stopped them applying for something new.

23 per cent said that it was because of a lack of relevant or available positions that they could apply for in their area.

One of the issues flagged up by the survey is that people don’t feel as though they have transferable skills, and therefore stay in jobs they don’t enjoy because they don’t know what else is out there. PensionBee has developed a tool to help people understand how their skills could be transferred to a new role.

Speaking to the news provider, chief marketing officer at the organisation Jasper Martens, commented: “Our research shows that people feel trapped in their job and become unhappier as they age, but there’s no rule that says you have to keep applying for new positions with the same job title.”

He added that the aim of this new tool is to show people what other career opportunities are available to them, and to allow them to explore positions that might be better suited to their skills and personality.

Upskilling and training is particularly important to workers in the millennial generation, an article for Hospitality Net recently suggested.

It cited the findings of the report Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision released by Manpower, which found that four in five people in this age group rate the opportunity to pursue lifelong learning as an important factor in job selection.

The research also found that over one-quarter of young people believe that having a skillset that matches the demands of the market is what gives you job security.

But the news provider pointed out that fostering this desire for lifelong learning doesn’t just benefit employees, but also the businesses that employ them.

“From an operational standpoint, training can lead to productivity hikes, boosting revenues,” it asserted.

It can also improve retention among staff, because when a company invests in training for its workers, they feel valued and in turn are more likely to stay in their jobs.

The publication also pointed out that by 2021 millennials will account for more than one-third of the global workforce. It’s therefore in every company’s interests to make sure that they’re offering training and other provisions that appeal to this demographic.

As an employee, it makes good sense to continually update your skillset as this will ensure you’re able to adapt to changing working conditions. This is particularly important given that automation will mean that some jobs are lost in the coming years, but at the same time new roles will open up for those with the skills and knowledge to fill them.

Training Journal recently highlighted some top training trends to watch in 2020 and among them is the desire among younger people to learn entrepreneurial skills and discover ways of managing their careers so that they get the most out of each employer and then move on.

It predicted that a rising number of millennials are likely to be interested in workshops and training events based around “innovation, entrepreneurialism and career guidance”.

For employers, one area that could be worth focusing on is helping people to avoid distractions in the workplace. With notifications on our mobiles, from our email inboxes and plenty of other places popping up throughout the day, it is essential to help people focus on tasks and be more productive by doing so.

“Helping employees combat distractions and limit social media use during the day (where it’s not your job) to be as productive as possible, will be an ongoing theme in 2020,” the news provider asserted.

There is a wide range of training programmes available that could tick this box, including an introduction to time management, which could help people to better manage their workloads and their day-to-day activities, as well as learning how to deal with distractions.

This could also be essential to help improve the mental health of the people who work for you. An article for Accountancy Daily recently cited research from Deloitte, which found that one sixth of UK workers are suffering from a mental health problem at any one time.

A heavy workload leading to longer working hours overtime and not being able to take annual leave, the pressure of trying to cope with too many priorities and targets, and a lack of management support were identified as the main contributing factors to mental health problems at work, research for Business in the Community found.

While this is obviously bad news for the individual employees who are affected, it’s not good for businesses either.

The Deloitte research found that poor mental health is costing UK employers around £45 billion annually. £7 billion of this is accounted for by absenteeism, but a far larger share (£27 billion to £29 billion) is wasted due to presenteeism.

It also found that, for every £1 employers spend improving their workers’ mental health, they get  £5 back.