Over three times as many care professionals believe that enjoying their jobs (87.9 per cent) is a better measure of career success, than having a high salary (24.2 per cent). Despite this, almost over one in five (21 per cent) believe that their career success is defined by how others see their achievements. That’s according to the latest research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board.
The survey asked care professionals how they felt about their career and whether they thought they were on the road to success. While 75.8 per cent said that career success is important to them, 63.6 per cent of care employees felt that they hadn’t achieved career success yet.
Care workers were asked to share how they measure career success, the top five responses include:
- Enjoying what you do – 87.9 per cent
- Doing a job that makes a different to people’s lives – 81.8 per cent
- Being proud of what you’ve achieved – 69.7 per cent
- Working for a company you love – 63.6 per cent
- Making lifelong friendships with colleagues – 42.4 per cent
Commenting, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s evident that the rewarding nature of the work in this sector plays a big role in how [carers] view success.
“That said, it’s concerning to learn that one in five professionals in the sector define their career success by how others view them, not themselves. Employers need to promote a culture where all achievements are celebrated, helping workers feel proud of their individual successes.”
Ways to promote success include: career development; internal promotions, salary reviews and regular team catch-ups.