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Known as the month of new beginnings, January is a chance to reinvent ourselves and make a fresh start. Now a new study from JOB TODAY, the UK’s number one hiring app, is dispelling the myth of Blue Monday - allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Revealing that January is far from joy-free, it finds that Blue Monday in fact marks the month when most of us take charge and make a change.

 

JOB TODAY found the number of those searching for ‘career change’ skyrocketed in January by more than 40 per cent the monthly average, and nearly double that of December, as many of us look at jumping ship with our jobs to make good on the ‘new year, new me’ mantra.

 

With the current political climate causing future uncertainty in the job market, it appears Brits are actively pursuing a career change to seek stability, with the popularity of working multiple jobs also becoming a growing trend.

 

Top months for searches of “Career Change”

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Dec

14800

9900

9900

9900

8100

 

(Above data compiled from Google searches)

 

For those craving a career change, the run up to Christmas seems to be the cause. The research reveals actually the most stressed at work in October and November, as work commitments ahead of the festive season leave Brits tense.

 

Top months for searches of “Work Stress”

 

Oct

Nov

Feb

Mar

Apr

5400

5400

4400

4400

4400

 

(Above data compiled from Google searches)

 

The study additionally finds that January is the time when most of us lose interest at work, as work-weary Brits begin to consider roles that greater suit their lifestyle and stimulate their interests.

 

Top months for searches of “Bored at work”

 

Jan

Apr

May

Feb

Mar

2400

1900

1900

1600

1600

 

(Above data compiled from Google searches)

 

Of those craving a career change, Londoners represent the largest percentage in the whole of the UK. With more people in the capital aiming to jump into a new job than those in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool combined.

 

Average monthly search volumes per key city

 

 

Holiday Blues

Work stress

Bored at work

Career change

Sabbatical leave

Greater London

380

880

480

2400

880

Manchester

30

70

30

110

40

Birmingham

50

90

40

170

50

Edinburgh

20

40

20

110

20

Liverpool

20

40

10

90

20

 

(Above data compiled from Google searches)

 

For those with working-wanderlust, the casual job sector is a booming industry with JOB TODAY securing roles for job-seekers within 24 hours. The app connects young job seekers with casual jobs which are available at local businesses; allowing job seekers to secure jobs through an app for the first time, facilitating flexible working situations that help young Brits manage the evolving, fast-paced job climate.

 

Founder of JOB TODAY Polina Montano comments: “January might not be everyone’s favourite time of the year, but as our insight shows, it’s a great time for those considering a career change. A new year means a new start, and as we’ve seen the demand for casual jobs soar, it’s now easier than ever for people to navigate the job market and try something new”.

 

“With JOB TODAY, we are providing young people with employment in a matter of hours, making changing roles a less daunting process and giving job seekers the freedom to find positions that greater suit their lifestyle. There is no excuse to not be happy in your job, from dog-walking for animal lovers to chef roles for culinary-creatives, the range of jobs available on JOB TODAY can take your career in an exciting new direction”.

 

JOB TODAY is currently offering a wide variety of positions allowing people to pursue their passions this January. Live roles for food fanatics include a street food chef, animal obsessives can get their fix as a dog walker, and those with a craving to enter masterchef will be perfectly suited to one of several roles within a luxury bakery.

 

To ensure you are beating the blues in January and have a job you love, Polina shares her advice on finding the right role:

 

1.       Find a Job that works for you

 

With the variety of options and flexibility in the job market, you no longer have to compromise your lifestyle because of work. Whatever the role, finding something that works alongside your lifestyle will give you greater job satisfaction and in-turn help your performance

 

2.                   Find your passion

 

There may be a job out there you’ve never considered which you could absolutely love. If you’re into food, you can get your foot on the ladder as a chef or waiter, if you love animals, you could always try dog walking. Find the things that you’re interested in and then look for them in a role.

 

3.                   Mould The Job To Your Needs

 

The booming casual job market has made it easier than ever for young people to try different roles. This is something that should be encouraged, helping to develop new skills, broaden your CV and ultimately try different roles which could leave to you discovering something you’re passionate about.