Your top five career ‘regrets’

New data from CV-Library has found that 72% of professional in the finance industry would start an entire new career if they had the chance, with 51% admitting that they’ve made a career move in the past that they’ve regretted.

The survey, of 1,200 accounting workers in the UK, found the following top five career ‘regrets’:

  • Moving to a company that I ended up not liking (35%).
  • Leaving a company that I actually liked (26%).
  • Moving to a different industry that I didn’t like (17%).
  • Moving to a more senior role before I was ready (8%).
  • Going for a role I disliked because it paid more (9%).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Work is a massive part of everyone’s lives, and we all want to be doing something that we enjoy and can develop in. It’s only human to make mistakes, or wish that we’d done something differently, but the good news is that there are so many fantastic opportunities out there to make the most of.

“My advice would be not to get yourself into a rut: there will always be an opportunity to reach your goals and patience and determination is key.”

The study also found that 55% of respondents in the industry wish that they could quit their job, while 43% said they wanted to get a promotion. A further 37% wished they could start their own business, or go back to university/college (35%).

Biggins added: “It’s interesting to see that an increasing amount of workers would start their own business if they had the opportunity and also that many would like to go back and study. It’s never too late to learn a new skill or test out the waters with a business idea; it’s simply about creating the right balance and working up a recipe for success! Your career should be an exciting one and one that works for you.”


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