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A new study suggests half of people in Liverpool are considering a career change post lockdown

28/08/2020

A staggering 50% of people in Liverpool are considering a post-lockdown career overhaul, according to new research.


The nationwide survey of 2,000 British workers, carried out by The National Lottery, has revealed the extent to which 2020 has forced people to reconsider their lifestyles, with jobs and careers coming out as the number one change people now want to make. aspect people now want to change.

A whopping 76% of those polled in Liverpool said they now think life is too short to be working in a job they hate. A total of 38% said lockdown had made them realise how important a good work-life balance is and 30% said that, on reflection, time in lockdown had made them come to the conclusion that they were not in a “worthwhile” career.

Top of the list of the career change people now want to make in Liverpool is to enter into nursing, with 16% of people surveyed saying they now want to retrain for this profession. Meanwhile, 14% said they would like to retrain as a gardener; a further 14% said they would like to retrain as a teacher; 10% as a personal trainer and 12% said lockdown had made them realise they would now like to become a YouTube star!

The study also found that the biggest barriers to changing careers for people in Liverpool include lack of confidence (44%) and having the necessary funds (38%).

A staggering 73% of those polled in Liverpool said the events of 2020 have also made them reconsider their lifestyle and priorities.

A total of 65% of Liverpudlians have now pledged to become healthier, 43% said the lockdown had made them realise the importance of spending time with loved ones and 32% said they would love to travel the world as soon as it is possible.

The survey findings are revealed as the country prepares for Friday’s EuroMillions draw, (28 August) a rollover with an estimated whooping £126M jackpot up for grabs.

And it would appear the importance of careers for people in Liverpool doesn’t change even after a lottery win, with only a quarter (26%) looking to quit their jobs if they win.

A total of 20% of people in Liverpool said they would start their own business if they won big; 20% would train for their dream job; 34% would train for their pilot’s licence and just over a quarter would learn a new trade.

Top five new career ambitions for people in Liverpool are:

  1. Nurse 16%
  2. Gardener 14%
  3. Care worker 12%
  4. Novelist 12%
  5. YouTube star, 12%

For Ben and Leanne Woods, from Wirral, who scooped £2.5M in 2004, their win has given them the opportunity for a role reversal in their household.

Leanne continues to go out to work and retrained for a new job in HR, while Ben takes on the role of housefather, looking after the couple’s three daughters.

Ben said, “Winning the lottery provided us with opportunities and options which we could only have ever dreamt about having.

“Leanne loves her new job. We feel it is really important for at least one parent to go out to work to show and demonstrate to our girls the importance of a good education, qualifications and finding work.

“Thanks to our lottery win we are able to balance Leanne going out to work, while I look after our three girls and carry out all of the school runs.”

Commenting on the findings, Camelot’s Senior Winners’ Advisor, Andy Carter said,

“2020 seems to have left many of us wanting more from our jobs, thinking about what our next career move might be or jacking it all in to do something that we really love.

“Our passion for gardening and cooking in lockdown and months of home-schooling has clearly inspired the nation to consider a career overhaul and realise the importance of job satisfaction.

“And the importance on our careers doesn’t appear to change even after a lottery win, with only a few looking to quit their jobs if they win. Over half of National Lottery winners still work in some capacity and just under a quarter of them have started their own business after their win, turning their hand to floristry, hairdressing – we even have one that has invented their own spicy sauce!”

Players are urged to get their tickets early for this Friday’s estimated £126millon EuroMillions draw to be in with a chance of winning this jaw-dropping jackpot.

Players can check their tickets online here, via the National Lottery app or in their local store.

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