British workers say more confidence would lead to greater career success

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Recent research from Home Learning College analysed public opinion on the factors needed for personal career success in 2012.

Job satisfaction is down to a variety of factors, some of which we can influence and others that are out of our control.

As we enter the New Year, distance learning specialist Home Learning College has asked British adults to discuss the factors that would help them to secure a better job in 2012. Topping the list, with 31 per cent of the vote, is greater confidence, followed by more opportunities in the local area. Around a fifth said they just need a lucky break, while the same number cited more qualifications and experience as key to their future success.

Only 18 per cent of respondents reported that they already have a good job, while 36 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women said they are unhappy in their current role. Other clear differences were revealed between the sexes, with 35 per cent of women saying that more confidence would be helpful, compared to just 26 per cent of men. Unsurprisingly, family commitments are a greater hindrance to career success for women than men.

1    More confidence = 35%    
2    More opportunities in the local area = 24%    
3    A lucky break = 21%    
4    More experience = 19%    
5    More qualifications = 18%    
6    Fewer family commitments = 14%    
7    More hard work = 5%    

1. More confidence = 26%
2. A lucky break = 23%
3. More opportunities in the local area = 22%
4. More qualifications = 21%
5. More experience = 19%
6. More hard work = 10%
7. Fewer family commitments = 7%

At a regional level, career unhappiness peaks in the West Midlands at 38 per cent. The happiest workers can be found in Wales where only 23 per cent complained about their current job, followed by the East Midlands with 28 per cent.

“Our research shows that job satisfaction is down to a variety of factors, some of which we can influence and others that are out of our control,” says Dave Snow, Academic Director at Home Learning College. “If you’re unhappy in your current job then it’s important to identify the areas in which you can make the greatest positive change. If a lack of qualifications is holding you back then it’s worth investigating the opportunities to gain new professional accreditations that will give your job hunt a real boost.”

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, with 50,000 current students.

All Home Learning College courses lead to professional CV-enhancing, employer recognised qualifications, including AAT, Sage, CompTIA, Microsoft, ICB and CIW. Subjects covered include book-keeping, 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. Additionally students are eligible for the NUS Extra card from the National Union of Students (NUS), allowing them to enjoy the savings and services available with the discount card.

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(dot)jani(at)homelearningcollege(dot)com


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