By Nathalie Bontems
Transitioning to a radically new role can prove difficult, especially in terms of carrying over skills or experience from one role to another
The vast majority of professionals in the region are looking at their work life with a very open mind in terms of career, according to a new poll by Dubai-based job site Bayt.com.
The survey - conducted online across the Middle East and North Africa from September to November - reveals that more than four in five (83%) of them have considered “changing their career path completely”, while nearly two thirds (64.2%) say they believe it is “very easy” to change jobs in the region.
The reasons for shifting to a new job or changing career varied widely, from finding their real passion (57.7%), to getting a better salary (18.1%), learning and challenging themselves (14.2%) and moving to better hiring industries (8.1%).
“Changing careers is a big step but if the job seeker has thought it through, they can set themselves up for a future that aligns with their personal goals and financial expectations,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Employer Solutions at Bayt.com.
However, transitioning to a radically new role can prove difficult, especially in terms of carrying over skills or experience from one role to another.
With 76.4% “transferring skills and relevant experience” is by far the biggest challenge associated with changing careers according to the Bayt.com survey, followed by “finding relevant jobs” (9.5%), “understanding a new industry or job role” (2.8%), and “recreating CV and cover letter” (1.3%). This could explain why many professionals change employers, but tend to stick to their original industry.
The survey shows that respondents remain prudent in their approach to job shifting; for example, 47.1% advise to stay at least a year in one role before switching to another, against 18.8% saying that such concerns do not matter.
Such prudence increases with age, professionals changing careers in larger numbers in the early stages of their work life (70.2% in the first five years) than later (7% after ten years).