The Germans are drawn to the distance: Although 73 percent of working people are satisfied with their current job, one in four would like to work abroad if they had the money they needed. Thus, the desire for international experience this year is number one in the career aspirations of the Germans. For this possibility they would even take a loan. These are the results of a representative online survey commissioned by CreditPlus Bank.
The priorities of the workers have shifted: 24 percent of Germans would most like to boost their careers by working abroad this year. Second in the list of priorities is the desire for a language course (22 percent). Independence has lost importance compared to international experience. While in 2015 the founding of an own company with 30 percent still led the wish list, this year only 22 percent have the will to be their own boss.
This shift in top-3 career aspirations exemplifies the heightened need for self-improvement through continuing education, which runs like a red thread through the other positions of the career wish list. For example, more professionals than last year wanted to undertake training and further education, take up a degree course or a sabbatical for personal development.
A loan creates new perspectives
In order to reach the further education goals quickly, a loan is also an option. Although respondents most often (16 percent) say they want to invest the bank’s money in the creation or development of their business, a look at the previous year’s figures reveals that a rethink has taken place. In 2015, 23 percent still wanted to invest the loan in their company rather than their own development – seven percent more than in 2016.
“This shows a significant shift in values. People feel that their professional and personal satisfaction is closely related and they want to actively exploit their potential, “says Jan W. Wagner, CEO of CreditPlus Bank. An investment in training often pays off with a secure job or higher salary. After all, the companies also know that “well-trained, internationally oriented employees ensure the innovative power of companies,” says Wagner.