Choosing what job to do is more important than deciding when to start a family, whether to get married, and where to live, according to the results of a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
Given a list of ten life decisions that people generally have to make, respondents were asked to select the options they considered to be ‘important’. ‘What to do as a job’ was the most popular, with more than three quarters (77 per cent) of respondents, beating ‘when to start a family’ (73 per cent), ‘where to live’ (64 per cent), ‘whether to enter into marriage or a civil partnership’ (57 per cent), ‘who their friends are’ (37 per cent) and ‘which political party to support’ (28 per cent).
The survey also revealed the factors that are most important when choosing a job.
When selecting from a list of ten options, eight out of ten respondents cited the importance of ‘doing something I enjoy’ (80 per cent). Other factors included ‘salary and benefits’ (81 per cent), ‘work/life balance’ (68 per cent), and ‘location’ (62 per cent).
Asked about what their current job has enabled them to do in life, employed respondents said they had been able to ‘make new friends’ (43 per cent), ‘develop their skillset’ (42 per cent), and ‘work flexible hours’ (39 per cent).