You Want to Learn New Skills, Then Quit Your Job in 2019: Survey Results

Last week, we asked you about your career goals for 2019. Turns out you’re not interested in being promoted; instead, you want to quit your job.

In an anonymous survey of our tech pro readership, earning a promotion ranked dead last – by a lot. Only nine percent of respondents said they were interested in earning a promotion at work.

Earning a raise and working remotely were popular, earning 17 and 18 percent of the votes, respectively. More money is always a good thing, and we’ve found that working from home is a perk more employers are offering tech pros who may not be eligible for raises or promotions.

At the top of the heap: ‘Finding a new job’ and ‘learn a new skill.’ Some 27 percent of you are ready to jump ship in 2019, and 29 percent of you want to learn a new skill or language to pad your résumés.

The results surprised us. In a previous survey, we queried you on what would prompt you to leave your job. A slight majority (21 percent) said they were ready for a promotion, so we’re a bit surprised that only nine percent made it a priority in this survey.

And consider the 27 percent who are ready for a new job in 2019. If we’re being objective, there’s also a good chance those who are ready for a promotion also want to take their next big step at a different company; the two impulses aren’t mutually exclusive.

Another Dice survey told us that up to 75 percent of tech pros don’t feel valued at work. In that study, 31 percent say they don’t feel respected by their employer in any way. Drawing a direct correlation between that marker and the 27 percent who want to quit their job in 2019, you could say that few tech pros are willing to withstand poor treatment in the workplace, especially at a time of notably low unemployment in the overall tech industry.

But the main takeaway here is that almost one-third of respondents are prioritizing learning for 2019. Whether it be a new skill or programming language, most respondents to this survey say they want to learn something new. Whether they want to learn something to find a new job or earn that promotion, they’re on the right path.

5 Responses to “You Want to Learn New Skills, Then Quit Your Job in 2019: Survey Results”

  1. lewandpd

    These findings do not surprise me at all. I have been in “corporate America” IT for 18 years and the lack of providing meaningful, timely education for new and upcoming technologies has gotten substantially worse over this period of time from both personal experience and talks with peers. In many cases corporations will turn to replacement of people and entire application teams instead of investing in what they already have, even if the application teams are already doing an exceptional job…big strategic mistake in my opinion. At the pace of technology change I believe that keeping your entire staff up-to-date on emerging technologies you are planning to use is the best way to retain staff. I would sure welcome responses from C-level executives as to why they are choosing not to educate their existing staff. If it is a fear of IT staff leaving after educating them, there are many ways to discourage this in positive ways such as mutually agreed upon pay back arrangements for early departures, bonuses for completion of certificate type programs, etc..

  2. Victim of layoff

    I saw one VP from India specifically hired to get rid of full time employees. When they were gone, so was he. Little by little, American employees were let go for various reasons. They outsourced staff to India. Some people let go were very knowledgeable of their job duties. It appeared to be a method to rid the company of health insurance, pensions and various benefits.

  3. Joshua Harper

    We do internal polls in the hospital I work at and the past year or two was bad. We just upgraded to a new Electronic Medical Record System which was part of it (long hours, deadlines, stress) and people were generally feeling it wasn’t worth it. Almost all our PC techs have turned over and found better jobs. A number of Analyst have moved on too. Many turn down the college/training Tuition Reinbursement because it isn’t worth locking yourself in for anouther 1-2 years or more depending on the money for less thank $2,000. Other hospitals I worked at would reimburse your for certifications and give you a one time bonus of $500 for up to 2 certifications a year which no strings attached. I recently got asked by my Director if 3000 would be enough (in theory) as a retention bonus to keep people from leaving. I was like probably not since they can easily move to other hospitals and make an additional $6,000 per year vs $3000 for a guarantee to stay on for a few more years.