Quiz: The Great Career-Switching Trend In American Education

Did you know some of the top-performing professionals in the tech industry are, on average, people who switched over from different, successful careers in their 20s and 30s? It’s true. Those compelled to change careers don’t necessarily do it because they weren’t doing well. Instead, they change because the job no longer satisfies them due to low salaries or unhappiness with day-to-day tasks.

Recently, switching careers has become easier. More professional schools with better training are available, tuition prices are competitively priced, and even major Universities offer short-term training programs. And state-regulated schools like App Academy have stepped up to provide thousands with skills to make the switch. About 3,000 App Academy alums, for example, have received coding jobs.

But that’s just one of slice of the pie of career switching trends. In this quiz, we’ll test how much you know about career changing trends and people.

  • HR pros say people should change careers around age 30. Why do you think that’s the case?

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    • Most people don’t have as many responsibilities at age 30.
    • 58 percent of young adults ages 25 to 34 are unmarried.
    • Expenses are lower for 25 to 34-year-olds.
    • All of the above.
  • What’s the most common reason to change careers?

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    • Frustration of not using their own natural and/or gained abilities.
    • Redundancy or business closure.
    • Realignment and re-evaluation of personal values-midlife.
    • Money.
    • Bad fit at their organization.
    • All of the above.
  • Which famous person switched industries deep into their career?

    • Julia Child.
    • Jeff Bezos.
    • Michael Bloomberg.
    • Colonel Sanders.
    • All of the above.
  • According to a 2018 poll, the top reason people look for a new job is…

    • They’re bored.
    • The values of the industry don’t fit theirs.
    • They have a low salary.
    • They expect to lose their job.
    • They dislike the industry or job politics.
  • People change jobs many times during their career. But how often are people are actually doing so?

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    • People change jobs, on average, 11.7 times.
    • 66% of 35-44 year olds had jobs that ended in < 1 year.
    • Men with at least a bachelor’s degree held 15.4 jobs from age 35-44.
    • Most people change jobs twice a year.
  • What’s the percentage of people, according to OfficeVibe, that leave jobs because they feel “drained”?

    • 31%
    • 23%
    • 18%
    • 40%
  • According to NBC, most people change jobs to make more money. True or False?

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    • True
    • False
  • Sometimes people switch to an industry with more jobs. Which industry has grown the most this decade?

    • Heath Care
    • Manufacturing
    • Informational Services/Tech
    • Leisure and Hospitality
  • People also leave industries because they’re not diverse. According to TalentNow, the top reason companies focus on diversity is…

    • To better represent their customers
    • To improve their company performance
    • To improve the culture
  • The % of employees who feel stuck by a lack of upward mobility is…

    • 16%
    • 25%
    • 45%
    • 56%
  • Employee engagement is key to job happiness. According to OfficeVibe, this percentage of people wish they received more feedback.

    • 50%
    • 33%
    • 62%
    • 76%

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