HR Strange But True!
October 02, 2008

Nearly 6 out of 10 Canadian workers surveyed feel their country's education system prepared them for their working life, but 72 percent wish they had continued their education further.

The survey of 11,000 workers in our northern neighbor, conducted by the Kelly Global Workforce Index, also showed that many Canadians, (41 percent) wished they had studied something totally different in school, with 12 percent saying outright that they had picked the wrong career. And almost a quarter of workers (24 percent) were "not sure" they had picked the right career. More women than men indicated their doubts.

Of course, that also means that 64 percent of employees are happy with their career choice. Most satisfied with their choice, according to the survey, were employees in information technology, the sciences, and the pharmaceutical industry, where dissatisfaction rates were below 10 percent.

And a solid 83 percent of respondents felt that their post-school education had helped them in their careers. Financial considerations, time constraints, and family obligations were cited as the reasons respondents did not go on to further schooling.

Many people only appreciate the importance of their formal education later in life, says Karin French, vice president and director of Kelly Services Canada. "The good news is that many are open to upgrading their skills late in life."

Source: Kelly Services

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