Survey: Majority Of Working Adults See Higher Education As Route To Greater Career Satisfaction
North American Precis Syndicate
Study shows most people would change careers—if they knew how. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Americans are thinking more about how to pursue professional
development and open doors to more satisfying career options. In fact,
according to a recent University of Phoenix® survey, only 38
percent of U.S.
working adults are very satisfied with their current professional position,
and just 37 percent report that they are very satisfied with their current
The survey also found that less than half (43 percent) of respondents say
they are very satisfied with how their skills and abilities are utilized by
their employers, and more than a third (38 percent) feel they are undercompensated. As a result, many are looking for ways
to improve their professional outlook.
One option to help improve career satisfaction and trajectory is to go
back to school. The survey found that nearly 65 percent of Americans
anticipate their current salary would increase if they were to achieve the
next level of education. Additionally, about 72 percent say this achievement
would have an impact on their career satisfaction. The obstacle many find,
especially working adults, is how to make earning an education a reality.
Deciding to pursue more education can be a major decision, but Peter
Cohen, president of University
of Phoenix, says there
are several steps one can take to ensure they have a fulfilling experience:
• First, Cohen recommends determining your professional goals and how
higher education might help you achieve them. Whether to upgrade your skills
to make yourself a more valuable employee, give yourself the opportunity to
take on greater challenges or even pursue an entirely new career, you should
think carefully about your goals and make an educational plan that suits them
• Next, consider how you are going to make education fit into the rest of
your life. Working adults know well the challenges of balancing the demands
of a job, family and other responsibilities. The good news is that, in
addition to flexible in-classroom options, there are a variety of online and
blended learning solutions that can allow you to pursue professional
development on your own time.
• Finally, don't worry if this seems a bit overwhelming. It can seem like
there are too many decisions to make and too little time to figure them out.
Colleges and universities have well-trained staff and advisers to help guide
you through every step of the process.
"As economic conditions continue to improve and job opportunities
multiply, it's no surprise that Americans are taking notice and thinking more
about how they can make headway in their careers," said Cohen. "At University of Phoenix, we are keenly attuned to the
workforce trends driving our economy, and we are committed to offering
professional development opportunities that help students meet market needs."
For further information about University
of Phoenix, visit www.phoenix.edu.
survey was conducted online within the United
States by Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix
from May 8−23, 2017 among 1,019 U.S. adults aged 18 and older,
who are employed for at least 20 hours a week. For complete survey
methodology, including weighting variables, please contact University of Phoenix
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