Most of us are applying for roles for which we are simply not qualified

More than three-quarters of millennials (77%) admitted to making ambitious applications

New research has revealed that more than 60% of British people have made applications for jobs they blatantly are not qualified to do. The research, from training platform Course Library, also found that over two-thirds of these people failed to secure the job.

Researchers surveyed 1,000 people aged between 18 and 64 as part of an investigation into the relationship between employability and professional development. The results revealed that millennial workers were the group most inclined to attempt to secure a position for which they were not qualified.

More than three-quarters of millennials (77%) admitted to making ambitious applications, while the 55- to 64-year-old age group was found to be the set most likely to receive rejections due to their skillset not fitting the bill. 83% of the respondents admitted that this has happened to them.

Encouragingly, however, the research highlighted the fact that British workers are keen to boost their employability. A total of 85% of respondents said they would pay out for additional training if this meant that their CVs would become more appealing and their career opportunities improved. This included an almost even split between the sexes, with 75% of men saying they would be prepared to make such an investment and 79% of women.

The 25- to 34-year-olds involved in the survey were those most likely to make this kind of additional investment in additional training, with 83% of the respondents in the age group saying that they would be willing to spend their money to further their careers. In all age groups, 82% of people said that online courses were the most popular means of training for career development.

Course Library co-founder Jazz Gandhum said that securing a dream job or making it up the career ladder was an increasingly competitive business in an ever-evolving world in which technological advances and changes to the digital landscape were transforming job roles.

Course Library, a strategic partnership between CV-Library and e-Careers, aims to connect job seekers with training providers. Gandhum, MD of e-Careers, claims that this offers individuals an easy-to-access opportunity to invest in their own career advancement.

Course Library co-founder and CV-Library managing director Lee Biggins said that the research findings demonstrated that experience will only take people so far, meaning that investing in individual skillsets is essential for people looking to boost their employment prospects in 2017 and beyond.

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