A new career survey has found that the majority of British workers admit to feeling ‘creatively stifled’, and have a number of regrets regarding their career.
The study, commissioned by Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), polled 1,000 people in full time careers across the UK and found that 63% wish they were in a career in which they could make more use of their creative skills.
When asked about their career regrets, 23% wished they had invested more time when first choosing the right career, 21% regretted their choice of school, college, or university, and 20% wished they had been offered more career guidance at the beginning of their career path.
When asked what they would change about their career choice if they could go back in time, around a quarter would have spent longer looking into career options, and 17% would spend less time worrying about the opinion of family and pursue the career that they really wanted. Respondents also stated they would have chosen a university that offered more support for their future career path or go back and take more risks when choosing a career.
The survey also showed that support in the early stages of decision-making is key to choosing a fulfilling career; lack of confidence, lack of suitable contacts, and lack of parental support were all cited as key reasons for not pursuing a dream career.
When asked about their future careers, 55% of respondents would consider a career change, and 42% saying they would actively go out of their way to move into a more creative career.