Third of Brits Resolve to Get Better Job in 2012

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A recent survey by Home Learning College investigated public attitudes to New Year career resolutions in 2012.

In previous years, bored or frustrated employees would simply have moved on to new pastures, but a lack of vacancies and greater competition has reduced this mobility.

It’s that time of year when people look ahead to the next 12 months, and research released today by distance learning specialist Home Learning College shows that work is front of mind for many. The survey was conducted among 2,000 British adults who were asked about their attitude towards New Year’s resolutions and their key aspirations for the coming year. Just over a third (34 per cent) revealed that they aim to get a better job in 2012.

Almost two fifths of respondents (39 per cent) said they feel motivated to make changes in January, and a quarter admitted that they enjoy making plans, even if they don’t always stick to them. However, 8 per cent reported that they had made resolutions in the past which have had a lasting positive effect.

Almost half of men (46 per cent) deny making New Year’s resolutions – compared to just 39 per cent women – but evidence suggests that those who do will see greater long term rewards than their female companions. In total, 9 per cent men say they have stuck to past pledges, while only 7 per cent women said the same.

The North West has the highest proportion of people seeking a new role in 2012, with 40 per cent mentioning this as a primary goal. In comparison, only 28 per cent in the South West are looking to change their job over the coming year.

“A significant number of people are feeling trapped in unsatisfactory roles due to limited opportunities in the job market,” says Dave Snow, Academic Director at Home Learning College. “In previous years, bored or frustrated employees would simply have moved on to new pastures, but a lack of vacancies and greater competition has reduced this mobility.

“This situation has been worsening for several years, to the point where we now have a third of the population looking to find a new job next year. In these circumstances it is essential for candidates to stand out from the crowd. One way to do this is to gain new professional qualifications that will develop skills, and demonstrate commitment and capability to a future employer.”

Home Learning College offers distance learning courses in a range of subjects, including accounting, bookkeeping, IT, web, business, child care and social care. All courses come with expert tutorial support and lead to recognised professional qualifications that enhance career progression.

To find out more about Home Learning College’s range of courses visit or call 0800 917 5902 and speak to a course adviser.

About Home Learning College

Home Learning College is the largest vocational distance learning provider in the UK, and is accredited by the National Union of Students (NUS), allowing its 55,000 students to enjoy the discounts and services available with the NUS Extra Card.

All Home Learning College courses lead to professional CV-enhancing, employer recognised qualifications, including AAT, Sage, CompTIA, Microsoft, ICB and CIW. Subjects covered include bookkeeping, accounting, IT and computing, web design and many more.

Home Learning College students benefit from a dedicated in-house tutoring service and the Virtual Learning Community - an online learning environment which facilitates the delivery of course material and peer networking.

For more information on all courses visit Home Learning College, follow us on Twitter @home_learning or check out student testimonials and other video content on our YouTube channel:

David Jani
Home Learning College Marketing Executive
Tel: 020 8676 6251
Email: david.jani(at)homelearningcollege(dot)com


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