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Will 'new year, new job' make you feel fulfilled?

Abigail Fenton
Photo: Free To Use Sounds/Unsplash
Photo: Free To Use Sounds/Unsplash

January is a natural time to set new goals and plan for the year ahead. Alongside pledges to get fitter, quit smoking and drink less, 41% Brits use the new year as a time to look for new jobs.

And figure jumps to a staggering 58% for those between the ages of 18 and 34, a survey of over 2,000 Brits by the The Royal Air Force (RAF) Reserves.

But despite the surge in job hunters, a third (34%) of Brits admitted to not knowing what they really want from the change in job.

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For those who do know why they’re searching, a quarter want a new challenge and 17% said it’s because they want to inject a little bit more excitement into their current day-to-day routine.

Seven in ten of Brits (71%) admit to feeling defined by their jobs, with it contributing to happiness, helping us to build confidence and self-esteem, and, of course, rewarding them financially.

However, two thirds (64%) say that they participate in fewer activities now they are in work, which two thirds (74%) of Brits want to change, saying they are interested in taking up a new activities and roles that aren’t related to their day job.

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Over half (53%) of Brits claimed that they have stopped taking up activities as it is too much of a time commitment alongside their current day job.

However, while “It is only natural that people begin to look for a new job in the New Year” people could be “more fulfilled by taking up an activity outside of work – rather than moving jobs,” Squadron Leader Wendy Underwood, head of RAF Reserves Recruitment said.