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Nearly A Quarter Of Workers Are Looking To Get A New Job This Year

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The pandemic disrupted not only “business as usual,” but also the seemingly stagnant “usual-ness” of life itself. It was a wake-up call for many Americans in the labor force who, perhaps, found their pre-pandemic work to be unfavorable at best and meaningless at worst. Career changes, higher wages, remote work optionality, and the pursuit of work that better aligned with one’s true interests—all of these fed into the phenomenon we now call The Great Resignation. According to the article, this “exodus” from the “usual” may extend itself well into this year. It makes you wonder, how might this major rotation impact the economy? What industries are rapidly being abandoned? And where are these newly-enlightened workers going? Sarah Roach, writing for Protocol, attempts to answer these questions below.

Some of those employees want to switch to industries like IT and finance.

The Great Resignation will likely continue into 2022. About one-quarter of workers are looking to get a new job this year, according to a report from released earlier this week. Of those employees, some want to move into tech-related industries such as IT, business and finance.

Roughly 23% of those surveyed last month said they want to quit this year. Another 9% have already found a new job, and an additional 9% said they'll retire this year. Most of those resignations are happening in the retail, food and hospitality industries, according to the report.

“Employees may wait for end-of-the-year bonuses to make a change or see what new opportunities arise in the new year," career strategist Carolyn Kleiman said in the report. "Plus, as the pandemic continues, people continue to evaluate their lives, and work is a large part of that.”

Better pay and benefits, finding remote work and landing a job people are passionate about are some of the top reasons for seeking new work, the report shows. Time and time again, remote tech work has proven to be hugely popular and will likely continue to grow in 2022. The hunt for a more purposeful job also checks out, given that more people have said they lost a sense of meaning in their work since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Of those looking for new jobs, about one-third want to stay in their current industry, while another third want to switch to industries including IT, media and communications, and business and finance.

By: Sarah Roach is a reporter and producer at Protocol (@sarahroach_) where she contributes to Source Code, Protocol's daily newsletter. She is a recent graduate of George Washington University, where she studied journalism and mass communication and criminal justice. She previously worked for two years as editor in chief of her school's independent newspaper, The GW Hatchet.

Originally posted on Protocol.

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