A new study is dispelling the myth of Blue Monday - allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Revealing that January is far from joy-free, the study finds that Blue Monday in fact marks the month when most of us take charge and make a change.
Hiring app JOB TODAY used data from Google to find the number of those searching for the words “career change” and other relevant phrases. They discovered that it skyrocketed in January by more than 40% the monthly average, and nearly double that of December, as many of us look at jumping ship with our jobs to make good on the ‘new year, new me’ mantra.
With the current political climate causing future uncertainty in the job market, it appears Brits are actively pursuing a career change to seek stability, with the popularity of working multiple jobs also becoming a growing trend.
Top months for searches of “Career Change”:
Jan – 14,800
Feb – 9,900
Mar – 9,900
Apr – 9,900
Dec – 8,100
For those craving a career change, the run up to Christmas seems to be the cause. The research reveals actually the most stressed at work in October and November, as work commitments ahead of the festive season leave Brits tense.
The number of those searching for the words “career change” skyrocketed in January by more than 40% the monthly average, and nearly double that of December.
Top months for searches of “Work Stress”
Oct – 5,400
Nov – 5,400
Feb – 4,400
Mar – 4,400
Apr – 4,400
The study additionally finds that January is the time when most of us lose interest at work, as work-weary Brits begin to consider roles that greater suit their lifestyle and stimulate their interests.
Top months for searches of “Bored at work”
Jan – 2,400
Apr – 1,900
May – 1,900
Feb – 1,600
Mar – 1,600
Founder of JOB TODAY Polina Montano said: “January might not be everyone’s favourite time of the year, but as our insight shows, it’s a great time for those considering a career change. A new year means a new start, and as we’ve seen the demand for casual jobs soar, it’s now easier than ever for people to navigate the job market and try something new”.
“With JOB TODAY, we are providing young people with employment in a matter of hours, making changing roles a less daunting process and giving job seekers the freedom to find positions that greater suit their lifestyle. There is no excuse to not be happy in your job, from dog-walking for animal lovers to chef roles for culinary-creatives, the range of jobs available on JOB TODAY can take your career in an exciting new direction”.