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Over half of Brits (53%) are considering quitting their job in 2022

Fake it till you make it – 69% of Brits say they are prepared to stretch the truth more than ever before to get their dream job

The top 10 toughest interview questions revealed!

  • 43% of working British adults dislike their boss and two in 10 of us (21%) dream of resigning dramatically in spectacular style like Bridget Jones
  • January 21st emerges as the day Brits are most likely to jack in their job, but 78% per cent admit they dread being interviewed for a new job
  • 69% of Brits admit they are prepared to lie in interview to land their dream job and over half (52%) have no qualms about lying on their CV
  • 'What’s your greatest weakness’ - voted as the interview question Brits find toughest to answer
  • Study commissioned by chewing gum brand Airwaves, which is offering Brits the chance to book a free career coaching session 

JB Gill, one quarter of mega boyband JLS, no stranger to huge career shifts having swapped the microphone for a shovel, has launched Airwaves new career coaching service with a witty video ad encouraging people to book one to one career coaching sessions (inc link)

Over half of Brits (53%) are considering quitting their job in 2022 – and January 21st is the day they are most likely to take the plunge, according to new research released today commissioned by chewing gum brand Airwaves. 

Wanting a better work/life balance was the most commonly cited reason for Brits wanting to hand in their notice (33%) and over four in 10 of those surveyed (43%) admitted they dislike their boss.

Two thirds of Brits (67%) said they have re-evaluated their work situation as a result of the pandemic.

The new study of 2,000 working Brits, specially commissioned by chewing gum brand Airwaves, reveals a quarter of the nation (26%) dream of resigning by simply not showing up to work, while 21% dream of quitting dramatically in spectacular style like Bridget Jones did. In 2001 hit movie Bridget Jones's Diary, Renée Zellweger's Bridget famously delivered a killer putdown to her boss, Hugh Grant’s Daniel Cleaver, in front of the whole office. 
Amongst other humorous resignation fantasies, 13% of those polled would fantasise about writing a sarcastic ‘sorry for your loss card’ announcing their resignation.

The research revealed that January is the most popular month for Brits to jack in their jobs (40%), with nearly half of respondents (45%) stating that they would choose a Friday to hand in their notice – and over a third (37%) pinpointed Friday 21st January as the ideal date to do it. 

When it comes to work life/balance, over a third (35%) of Brits say they would rather continue working from home than return to the workplace full time. Data reveals that 45% of those surveyed - rising to 60 per cent of Gen-Z for those under the age of 25 - would look for a new job if they were forced to come back in by their employer.

Following the findings of the new study, chewing gum Airwaves is offering Brits the opportunity to see a life coach for free for advice on career choices. Those needing a little help are asked to sign up by telling Airwaves what they need help in an email to [email protected] A number of 30-minute sessions with JV Career Coach are available on 28th January. 

Furthermore, Airwaves teamed up with JLS member JB Gill to launch this new service with a witty video advert. JB is no stranger to drastic careers shift having previously swapped the stage for a field, the microphone for a shovel and the rest of the band for farm animals. Now back in the JLS fold as the band prepare to embark on a reunion tour after initially calling it quits 2013, JB knows all too well what it’s like going down a completely different career path. 

Despite having 10 UK number ones and selling over 10 million records worldwide, JB chose to get away from the limelight and set up a farm in the Kent countryside, where he lives with his wife, Chloe and two young children. Mirroring his success on stage their smallholding successfully produces award winning KellyBronze turkeys and free-range Tamworth pork proving that even the most stark of career shifts can produce success.

JLS favourite, JB Gill said; “I know what it’s like to go from one extreme to the other having taken up agriculture after being in the music industry. It’s good to make a change when necessary, sometimes you just need a little push or some advice and that’s why I’ve teamed up with Airwaves to help guide those people who might be lost with what they want to do. 

Farming has since become a huge passion of mine; I’ve become more informed when it comes to food education and that is now something I want to pass onto others. You never know what a career change could do for you!"

The poll found that 75% see January as the perfect time to make major changes in their lives, with 40% seeing January as the perfect month to start a fresh career. And 60% make New Year resolutions to try and improve their lives in 2022. 

Ulrike Stath, Head of Fresh at Airwaves said ‘It’s no surprise that people want a fresh start for 2022, but it seems that this year especially, people are focusing on getting their careers on track. At Airwaves, we’re all about empowering people to have a fresh outlook as well as a fresh mouth so we are delighted to have teamed up with JV Career Coaching and JB Gill to be able to offer some valuable help. The sessions are perfect for those who want to shake off their career or job hunting worries that may have been standing in their way”. 

When compared by generation, Gen-Z are the most likely with consider quitting their job this January, with approximately 60 per cent considering resignation. Those aged 45 and older are the least likely to consider quitting, at 43%.

Men take the lead when it comes to considering quitting, with 56% of men considering walking away from their job, compared with 50% of women

Londoners are the most dissatisfied at work, with 63% of those polled from the capital looking to quit. Scottish residents were the least likely to consider quitting, at just 46%. 

However, when it comes to job hunting, eight in 10 Brits (80%) admit that they find the prospect of searching for a new job daunting, whilst 78% say that they dread being interviewed for a new position.

Of those surveyed, 69% admit they are prepared to lie in interview to land their dream job and over half (52%) would have no qualms about lying on their CV, while 32% admit to lying on their CV in the past.

The interview question most likely to flummox job applicants – cited by 49% - is 'What is your greatest weakness’.

Top 10 toughest interview questions, according to Brits are revealed as:

  1. ‘What’s your greatest weakness?’ (49%)
  2. ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ (46%)
  3. ‘Tell me about a time you overcame an obstacle’ (33%)
  4. ‘Tell me about yourself’ (33%)
  5. ‘How do you deal with a difficult colleague’ (28%)
  6. ‘How do you respond to criticism?’ (27%)
  7. ‘Why do you want this job?’ (24%)
  8. ‘What critical feedback do you most often receive?’ (22%)
  9. ‘Why do you wish to leave your current job?’ (22%)

JV Coaching will be on hand to facilitate one on one career coach sessions on the 28th January, JB Gill will also be joining Joanne for a handful of lucky applicants. Amongst other areas they will be supporting on how best to answer those tough questions, CV review and general advice on career decisions.

Joanna Vinacor, of JV Career Coaching said; “The new year or January is ultimately a time for change, we reflect on the previous 12 months and put plans in place to better our lives, sometimes this means making a career shift. 

Realising you need to make a change, looking for a new job and pressure in making the right decision can make the entire process of job hunting incredibly daunting. This is why I've teamed up with Airwaves to offer free careers advice for those thinking of making a change.”

Those interested are asked to sign up to the service by the 25th January.

Airwaves Career Coaching Promotion: TERMS & CONDITIONS

Short form T&Cs. 

GB18+. Enter between 20 January 2022 and 26th January 2022 for a chance to win one of 15x 30-minute career coaching sessions with JV Career Coach.  Maximum 1 entry per person. See Mars.co.uk for details and full T&Cs. Promoter: Mars Wrigley, Dundee Road, Slough SL1 4LG

Airwaves Career Coaching Promotion – FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Eligibility: This promotion is open to residents of the England, Wales and Scotland, aged 18 years or over at the date of entry, excluding employees of the Promoter and their immediate families, associated agents or anyone professionally connected with the draw.
  2. Promotional Period: The promotion will run from 00:00:01 on 20.01.22 to 00:23:59 on 26.01.22
  3. No purchase necessary.
  4. Entry Instructions (England, Wales, Scotland) 
      a. Visit [email protected] and tell us what you need help with in your career for your chance to win one of 15 free x 30 minute 1:1 career coaching slots.  
  5. Entry is via the internet only for entrants in England, Wales and Scotland.
  6. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Anyone entering more frequently will be disqualified.
  7. The Prizes. The prizes to be won are as follows: 15x free 1:1 Career Coaching slots to take place on Friday 28th January 2022. 
    ​​Winner Selection* *: 15 x winners will be picked at random using an independently supervised process. a. 
  8. Winner Notification: The 15 winners will be contacted by Taylor Herring directly by email to the email address provided they provided within 7 days of the closing date of the Promotion. The winners will be required to respond within 7 days confirming their acceptance of the prize and to arrange the set up of the coaching session. In the event a winner does not respond to this notification within 5 days, the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner from all remaining entries, with the originally selected winner(s) forfeiting their right to the prize.
  9. No correspondence: Winner selection is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into, except with the prize winners.
  10. Bulk entries, entrants using multiple addresses, email addresses, numbers or via agents, third parties, organised groups or those automatically generated by computer will not be accepted. Entries received by any means other than as specified in these Terms will be rejected. Any person persistently trying to circumvent the entry process will be disqualified immediately.
  11. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility in the event a winner is not able to take their prize for whatever reason. 
  12. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter and its agents will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate entrants for any losses that may be incurred as a result of entering the Promotion and the Promoter does not accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of a winner’s acceptance of a prize except where such damage or loss is caused by the negligence of the Promoter or its agents. The winner’s statutory rights are not affected. 
  13. Use of Personal Data: Personal data provided will be used for the purposes of administering the promotion only. Please see Promotor’s Privacy Policy at https://www.mars.com/privacy. The  name, contact details and (if applicable) bank account details of the winner[s] will be retained for 30 days after the prize has been fulfilled to allow the Promoter to deal with any queries from the winner. Surname and/or county details may be retained and made available to members of the public in accordance with [Paragraph 19]. The winner can request for their personal data including phone number and address details to be deleted before the expiry of this period by writing to Mars Wrigley, Dundee Road, Slough, SL1 4LG although the Promoter cannot be held responsible if such request means that it is unable to complete delivery of the winner's prize or assist them following deletion of their phone number.
  14. The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award of the cash prizes took place and therefore will publish or make available a cash winner's surname and/or county to members of the public who request such details from 26.01.22 to 28.02.22 by sending an SAE to Mars Wrigley, Dundee Road, Slough, SL1 4LG. Entrants can object to such disclosure, or request that disclosure be limited in scope by writing to Mars Wrigley, Dundee Road, Slough, SL1 4LG.  However, the Promoter may, notwithstanding any objection, disclose the information to the Advertising Standards Authority if required to do so.
  15. General: The Promoter cannot be held responsible for the failure of any third party to fulfil its obligations in connection with this promotion, although the Promoter will endeavour to minimise the effect of such failure on the entrants.
  16. The Promoter is not responsible for any entries which fail to be registered or are delayed for any technical or other reason whatsoever.   The Promoter cannot be held responsible if the winner does not receive their prize as a result of having provided incomplete or inaccurate address details.
  17. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the winning entries including asking for the winner's identity, including proof of age,  (which they must provide within 14 days but which will not be retained following verification by the Promoter and redemption of the prize) and to refuse to award the prize or withdraw the prize entitlement and/or refuse further participation in the promotion and disqualify the participant where there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions or any instructions forming part of the entry requirements or otherwise where a participant has gained unfair advantage in participating in the promotion or won using fraudulent means. The Promoter will be the final arbiter in any decisions, and these will be binding and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to this clause.
  18. In the event of circumstances outside the reasonable control of the Promoter, or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of this promotion or the awarding of the prize, the Promoter reserves the right to suspend the promotion, replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value, or amend these terms and conditions, at any stage, with no liability to any entrants or third parties, but will always endeavour to minimise the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment. 
  19. This promotion and these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the parties to any dispute or action shall submit to the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.
  20. Entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions by participating in this promotion.
  21. Promoter: Mars Wrigley, Dundee Road, Slough, SL1 4LG
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