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Listen: confidence boost for UK workers as lockdown eases

14th June 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

Our working lives have changed dramatically since last year, with many losing their jobs or being put on furlough. For many of those who have continued their jobs, remote working has become the new norm. Yet despite a tough a year, it seems the mood amongst professionals is starting to change with many now seeing light at the end of what’s been a long and gloomy tunnel.

New research released today by LinkedIn shows that the majority (62%) of Britain’s professionals now feel optimistic about their career progression opportunities, despite the past year’s challenges. While half (50%) are actively job hunting, a similar number (47%) admit that career progression has become more of a priority now that the UK is opening up.

This renewed sense of optimism is echoed by the fact that almost half (48%) of professionals now ‘feel ready’ to re-prioritise their career. Over half (53%) put career development on the backburner during the pandemic. The difficulties of the past year have perhaps given UK workers pause for thought, as a third (32%) admitted the pandemic had made them reassess what they are looking for in a job, and (35%) are now looking to try something new.

Aston spoke to Sarah Ellis, career development expert, author and co-founder of Amazing If to discuss the research and also gave expert advice to help those ready to make a career change or cultivate their current one.

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