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Poll: 1 in 3 Workers Under 40 Seeking Career Change in Wake of Pandemic

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 16, 2021

A recent poll has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many young people reflective about their career paths, as nearly one in three workers under 40 have said they're looking to change professions since the pandemic began, the Washington Post reported. The poll was conducted between July 6 and 21 by the Post, in conjunction with the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Young people have said that the pandemic forced them to examine their life choices and consider what was genuinely important, leading many to decide that life is too short to spend time in a job they dislike. This is especially so, given that the pandemic taught many that nothing is guaranteed and that circumstances can change in an instant.  

The Post noted this mindset can be seen in the large numbers of people quitting their jobs, the breakneck pace of new businesses forming lately, as well as the wave of people who have either moved (17 percent since the pandemic) or are considering doing so (28 percent). 

However, while younger people are primarily fueling this phenomenon, it is present in the entire workforce. Overall, more than one in five workers in general, roughly 22 percent, said they were considering a career change.  

Any readers who have happened across this post because they are pondering a career change into accounting, in particular, may be gratified to find that there are many paths into the CPA profession, even later in life