Posted by: the3rdi | January 29, 2010


Career Energy, a specialist career management and outplacement
consultancy, has today launched a free Career Guide highlighting the top
ten career opportunities for people seeking to change their working
lives in 2010 on 26th January 2010. The guide is based on research into
current and projected business, social and economic trends, related
labour supply and demand facts and interviews with lead bodies and
employers from selected professions. It covers key facts on demand,
entry requirements, finances and pros and cons.

The guide focuses on careers that are appropriate for consideration by
older people looking to change their careers as well as people
considering training and career options ahead of entering the workforce.
It is available on Career Energy’s website at

The top ten careers 2010 in no particular order are:

1. Entrepreneur
2. Environmental Consultant
3. Network Architect
4. Chef
5. Risk Manager
6. Social Worker
7. Maths or Science teacher
8. Counsellor
9. Commercial Diver
10. Welder

According to Sandy Ogilvie, Chief Executive of Shell LiveWIRE, a global
programme to encourage and support young entrepreneurs: “There is
plenty of evidence to suggest that people who start up a business in a
recession succeed thereafter. Coming out of recession, people are more
open to looking for new ideas to replace the things that have failed.
In addition, there are often opportunities when companies are retracting
to their core activities for smaller companies to set up and fill that

Harry Freedman, Chief Executive of Career Energy, says: “We think this
guide is timely given this is our busiest time of year. Enquiries peak
towards the end of January as people who are unhappy at work find
themselves back in the same place at the start of a New Year and feeling
just as negative as they did at the end of the old one. However, with
unemployment still over 2.4 million people, people are more aware than
ever of the benefits of being employed in areas that are relatively
recession proof and with long term prospects, so their priorities are
more likely to include being in a growth area than used to be the case.

“It is no longer unusual for someone to have two or three very different
careers in the course of their working life and this will become even
more the case as we enter an age where people are also working longer.
Most of the careers we have selected are suitable for career changers
well into mid-life, with the exception of two or three where physical
fitness or lengthy qualification processes are required. What we would
stress, however, is that you spend a substantial part of your life
working and, even if none of the careers we have highlighted appeal, the
guide will help you in terms of the kinds of things you should think
about when considering whether a new career choice will really fit in
you’re your personality and priorities.”

Career Energy research indicates that more than one in four people
working in established professions are unhappy with their career and
feel they would be better suited to another. Only 42% can say that they
are happy with their career choice, with 30% unhappy some of the time.
The main reason for unhappiness is being bored or unfulfilled, followed
by work/life balance. Relatively small numbers are unhappy because of
pay and benefits.

“The most popular destinations for career changers include some of these
areas where we see many opportunities, such as environmental work.” says
Freedman. “But I would stress that if your choices lie in areas where
finding work is tough, don’t be deterred. Even though we can tell you
where it is going to be easier to succeed, you should follow your heart
as well as your head; our experience shows that if people persevere and
plan they get into their chosen field eventually.”


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