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Barona’s report: There is no desire to change after work, people over 50 do not feel the need to develop their skills – Taloussanomat

According to a large working life survey by the working life company Barona, people aged 40-50 need meaning from working life. There are differences between age groups in which sectors are attractive.

Finns are not eager to change in pursuit of work. There is also a difference in age groups in which areas are of most interest. Only less than a third of people over the age of 50 consider the development of their own skills important.

The results are clear from Barona’s nationwide survey.

– Our research shows that the increased discussion about the relevance of work in recent years is not just a buzzword. In particular, those aged 40-50 are considering exchanges in the public sector and in the social and health sectors, where there is an opportunity to do socially important work for people’s well-being. This is a very comforting message when we know that a large number of professionals will retire from the public sector over the next decade, says Barona’s CEO Minna Vanhala-Harmanen in the bulletin.

People under the age of 30 are most interested in sales and trade, marketing and the creative industries, and customer service.

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Employees aged 40-49 are most interested in the sales and trade sector, the public sector and the social and health sector.

Different age groups want different things from work. For people under the age of 40, work gives others more rhythm and routine in their daily lives.

The opportunity to develop one’s skills is emphasized in those under 30, while less than a third of those over 50 consider the development of skills important.

– Based on the results, the age of about 50 seems to be the limit, after which the interest in developing one’s own skills diminishes. This worries me, because even those with the most work experience cannot escape the change in working life. I myself want to think that we over the age of 50 still have the ability to learn something new.

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Respondents were also asked about their experience of mental well-being and happiness. Of those in employment, those aged 30-49 are worse off than average, while the best-off age group is clearly over 60.

Finns the enthusiasm to change after work is dilute. Only 16 percent of employees want to move to another location in search of work.

According to Vanhala-Harmanen, it is necessary to consider how working life could be more flexible in the future.

– The hometown is, of course, a thing dear to people, and the choice of hometown is influenced by many factors other than just work. While barriers to change must, of course, be removed, we need to think even harder about how working life can be more flexible. Finns want to continue doing telework, and if the work is successful, for example, from a cottage, it is worth creating a good framework for it.

71 per cent of the respondents believe that they will also succeed in future working life in Finnish alone. About 60 percent of those employed are willing to work in a non-native language workplace.

The data for the Barona Working Life Survey were collected by Norstat in December 2020. 1,022 Finns in working life responded to the representative survey by gender, age and place of residence.

According to the study, the biggest interests of those considering a completely new industry (in order of interest)

  • People aged 50–59 are most interested in sales and trade, customer service and the social and health sector.

  • Employees aged 40-49 are most interested in the sales and trade sector, the public sector and the social and health sector.

  • The 30-39-year-olds are most interested in sales and trade, as well as marketing, communications and media. The sectors are almost flat.

  • 18-29-year-olds are most interested in sales and trade, marketing and the creative industries, and customer service.



Source site www.is.fi

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