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41% in US view their work as ‘just a job’

January 22 2014

French workers are the most likely to say they have a “career” rather than “just a job,” while U.S. workers came in third in the ranking, according to a survey released today by Monster Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: MWW) and market research company GfK.

The survey asked the question, “Do you view the work you do to be a career or just a job?” The following answers were received in the U.S.:

  • Just a job: 41 percent
  • A career: 57 percent
  • Don’t know: 1 percent

America’s younger generations are the least likely to be career-minded, with 62 percent of those aged 18 to 35 stating they consider their employment as just a job rather than being part of a longer term career plan, compared with 28 percent of those aged 36 to 44 and 31 percent aged 45 to 54.

Here’s a list by country of those responding who said they view the work they do as a career rather than just a job:

  1. France: 70 percent
  2. Canada: 69 percent
  3. United States: 57 percent
  4. UK: 43 percent
  5. India: 43 percent
  6. Netherlands: 38 percent
  7. Germany: 25 percent

The survey included more than 8,000 people in Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, U.K. and U.S. It included 511 employed in the U.S.


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