Almost half of British workers say they want a second, more enjoyable career by the age of 45, according to research for Norwich Union.
Two-thirds of people interviewed said they were unfulfilled, miserable or drifting in their jobs and 52% said they’d happily earn less money in a role that made them feel better about themselves.
The trend for changing careers has been labelled “zenployment”. Careers that tend to be considered once the age of 45 is reached include animal welfare worker, counseller and yoga teacher.
William Nelson of trend analysts Future Foundation said: “This research is further evidence that we’re entering a new era, with a society that is less selfish and increasingly focused on personal fulfilment.
“The ethical and spiritual dimensions of work are more of a priority and people want to believe their careers contribute towards a better future, not just for themselves but for society as a whole.”