Are Aussie workers really happy in their jobs?

More and more workers are seeking a career that fits within their lifestyle

Are Aussie workers really happy in their jobs?

One in four (25%) Australians are unhappy in their job, with a staggering 70% wanting to pursue a different career, according to new research commissioned by the Nutritional Therapy Association of Australia (NTA).

The research found that not being paid enough (53%) is the most common reason for job dissatisfaction, with office politics (40%) and the work not being challenging enough (33%), also contributing to a miserable workforce.

An increasing number of Australians are also seeking a career that fits within their lifestyle, with two-thirds (68%) prioritising a positive work-life balance and half (47%) craving a career they are actually passionate about.

Student Liaison Officer and Lead Instructor of NTA Australia, Leanne Scott, has years of experience seeing people through their transition into a new career.

“We are seeing an increasing number of people with a range of experience and education, looking for a fulfilling career that allows for a positive work-life balance,” said Scott.

“There’s a perception that you need a tertiary education to retrain but this just isn’t the case and with online courses, people are able to overcome most obstacles to pursue their dream job.”

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Indeed, Jess Wilson had a complete career change after her boys were born by studying online to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).

“I have always had an interest in nutrition, but when my boys were born, I felt the urge to do something I was passionate about and that was going to give back to my family,” said Wilson.

“I set about searching for an option that would fit in with my lifestyle, as a busy mum of two, but that would also challenge me.”

Wilson explained that moving into the nutrition sector changed my whole outlook on life.

“I would recommend retraining to anyone that’s unhappy in their current role.”

Scott added that as the majority of Australians are now prioritising nutrition, our interest into nutrition is changing the way we look at fulfilling our careers.

“We are seeing a shift within this sector, with it becoming an attractive option for those seeking greater job satisfaction.”

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