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Current jobs off course, survey says

October 18 2013

Most people consider their current job “not on course at all” with their career visions, according to a U.S. poll conducted by Monster.com. Fifty-six percent of respondents consider their current job “not on course at all” with their career visions, while only 6 percent of respondents’ current jobs are “totally on course” with their career visions.

“Creating and following your career vision are both difficult and dynamic tasks,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, career advice expert for Monster.com. “Some very lucky people know exactly where they’d like to be later in life; but many of us amend our goals as we learn about our industries and ourselves. Taking a detour from your chosen career path can serve as the catalyst for fulfilling career goals. What’s important is that you turn what could be an ‘off course’ position into an opportunity to expand your area of expertise.”

The poll asked, “How well does your current job meet your long-term course for your career vision? On a scale of one to five, with one being totally on course and five being totally off course.” The responses:

  1. Totally on course: 6 percent
  2. Very much on course: 5 percent
  3. Somewhat on course: 14 percent
  4. Slightly on course: 19 percent
  5. Not on course at all: 56 percent

The Monster online survey included more than 1,300 Monster.com users and took place from Aug. 19 to Sept. 2, 2013. 

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