10-year itch grips nation as life-changing events lure them in

More than one in 10 workers turn their back on their chosen career after a decade or longer in that line of work, research has revealed.

The study by insurer Standard Life found that 13% of people change professions after 10 years or more in one career. Sometimes this is due to redundancy, but often it is due to a change of heart.

Almost half of Britons aged between 35 and 65 have made life-changing decisions such as starting a new business or seeking a divorce, the study of 1,000 adults found.

Standard Life trends expert Ashley Ramsay told the Daily Mail: “There is a lot at stake when starting again, be it a relationship or a career move. Having financial peace of mind when your life is in upheaval means one less problem to worry about.”

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