Around one in four (24%) professionals were forced to take jobs they were over-qualified for or in a sector unrelated to their core career during the recession, according to the latest Employment Study from international recruiters Badenoch & Clark.
The figures highlight a key challenge for professionals across the nation as we emerge from the recession. A third (34%) of those surveyed have been in a role which hasn’t challenged them or enabled them to learn new skills since the recession took hold.
The issue is particularly acute for those starting out in their careers, with the under 24’s hardest hit. A third (33%) of this age group has been forced to take a job which they were over qualified for.
Unsurprisingly, professionals in the legal (20%) and banking and financial services (17%) sectors were more likely than any other sector to take a job that was totally unrelated to their core career.
As the fragile economic recovery continues, it seems many are using the greater degree of stability as an opportunity to move jobs. Around two fifths (41%) of professionals plan to change their job in the next twelve months, hoping to find roles more suitable to their ability.
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Neil Wilson, managing director of Badenoch & Clark, comments: “What this study reveals is the extent to which the recession has negatively impacted on people’s career plans.
“Professionals with ‘bruised CVs’ need to think carefully about how this will impact on the future of their career, and start taking every opportunity to address the situation now.
“If you’ve had to take a temporary side step, it’s important to use everything at your disposal to help get your career back on track. Keeping in touch with old colleagues, reading your trade media, seeking advice from peers, colleagues and recruiters – all of these things are ways to regain control of a career that may have been temporarily derailed by the necessities of the recession.
“Whatever you do, do something. The downturn has bruised an awful lot of CVs – getting back on the front foot with your career is the only way to heal them.”
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