This is the age that radical career changes are most likely to happen in Yorkshire

Significant career changes for people in Yorkshire are most likely to happen at age 29.6, but two in five won’t go after their dream job, due to the daunting prospect of having to retrain, according to a new study by The Skills Network.

Significant career changes for people in Yorkshire are most likely to happen at the age of 29, according to a new study by The Skills Network.

The research analysed answers from 1,000 people across the UK who have made a significant career change, during their working life, and had to retrain as a result.

In Yorkshire, people are likely to make six job changes during their working career, suggesting that they don’t have to have it all figured out by the time you turn 16.

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In fact, the research shows people are more inclined to step out of their comfort zone and retrain, as they get older. Ninety per cent of those aged 65 and over said the prospect of retraining has never held them back.

Results also revealed the impact COVID has had on different industries, with more Brits moving into healthcare (19 per cent) and sales (14 per cent) roles, from being previously employed in retail (15 per cent) and hospitality and events management (eight per cent).

Mark Dawe, chief executive at The Skills Network, based in Selby, said: “Retraining for a new career can be daunting at any age, but our study shows that you don’t have to have it all planned by 16 – and in fact, you’re likely to make six changes during your career – and that you’re going to have to keep learning and developing new skills.

“38.5 per cent of people in Yorkshire still say that they’ve been put off moving jobs due to the need to retrain, but there are plenty of Government training funds and expert online training partners who can help you get there.”

He added: “The shift to a virtual world has seen a rise in online learning, with those in the 25 to 34 age bracket the most likely to have used an online course in 2020.

“This makes it easier for people to develop new skills or gain some extra qualifications. If you are furloughed, have been made redundant, want to better your life skills or are just looking to switch lanes, online training is there to support you on your new journey.”

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