Lockdown Brits turn to training and education to boost their careers

1 in 4 are studying to improve their careers; nearly 1 in 3 want to improve their money skills

Almost a third of Brits are embracing the lockdown as a chance to improve themselves with new skills, training, and qualifications, according to research by investment platform eToro. 

A quarter is studying with the aim of boosting their current or future career opportunities, while others are using the extra time at home to explore ways to generate more income, such as offering their freelance services or learning how to invest.

When it comes to improving their careers and earning potential, eToro’s research found:

  • 31% of people are already learning a new skill during a lockdown, while 27% are undertaking some form of education or training
  • 26% of people are studying a course related to their current career, while 25% are following a course they hope will set them up for a new career
  • 29% of those surveyed said they would like to study new money-related skills, such as learning how to invest – a theme echoed by the 26% who said the most important factor in learning a new skill was the potential to make money from it

Commenting on the findings, Iqbal V. Gandham, UK Managing Director of eToro, said: “It’s great to see that during such a difficult time there is an appetite for self-improvement and that people are using the extra hours they may have in lockdown to boost their careers or improve their financial situation. Although gripped by adversity, it is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the nation that so many should attempt to return from lockdown smarter, calmer and more capable than ever.

“Of particular interest is the widespread desire – felt by almost one in three – to acquire new monetary skills like investing. We have always worked to make investing more accessible, and it’s at times like these that the importance of this mission is most readily apparent.”

 When it came to ways of generating more income, eToro found:

  • 38%…

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