Monday 22 December 2014

No more jobs for life as we change every four years

Brian Byrne

Published 09/01/2014 | 02:30

Interviews have changed
We are changing jobs every four years now

THE concept of a 'job for life' is no more, as workers change roles every four years on average.

As many as three-quarters of the working population will consider finding a new job this year -- while another 68pc have admitted to looking for jobs during working hours.

The survey of 523 employees from a variety of industries was carried out by Ireland's largest employment law consultancy company, Peninsula Ireland.

Chief executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, David Fitzsimons, said that the fast-moving jobs market means there is no longer such a thing as a skill-set for life.

He said that the rate at which roles change, especially in the digital sector, is so rapid that "there is a need for continuous education and upskilling" to keep up with the market.

Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland, urged employees to "find the challenge that is right for you".

He said the first course of action for those who are unhappy in their job should be to speak to their employer.

"Discuss the fact that you are unhappy in your role and are eager to look for new challenges, however if promotions and options are available, be prepared to be flexible."

Irish Independent

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