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UK workers fail to meet career long-term career plans, a new survey of 1,000 employees by Office Angels found. It warned that each individual must take responsibility for their own plans, or risk falling further behind. But employers are also to blame as almost half of workers said they rarely or never received help with their professional development.
Nearly three quarters (71.6%) of UK workers admitted to having either no career plan (43.4%) or just a one-two year plan (28.2%). By contrast, just one in twenty (5.3%) said they had their career mapped out for the next six to ten years. Over a third (39.9%) of UK workers said they felt they were behind in their career, with one in five (19.6%) saying their career plan was not on track at all.
“Many workers have taken a short term, unstructured approach to career planning in response to recent job market uncertainty, so it comes as no surprise that over a third feel they are falling behind in their careers,” said Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director of Office Angels which is part of the Adecco Group.
“While responsibility for career planning sits first and foremost with the individual, we believe employers can aid this planning by helping their employees develop professionally. Employers who invest time in the professional development of their staff will be more likely to be rewarded with dedication and loyalty from their employees,” he said.
The study also revealed that younger people are most dedicated to their careers while Londoners benefitted the most from employers’ support when it comes to personal career progression.