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40% of Employed Americans Want to Get Out of Corporate America, According to Inaugural Creative Jobs Report
|By Business Wire
|March 27, 2014 06:01 AM EDT
Even in an uncertain economy, 40% of employed Americans say they want to
leave corporate jobs, according to a new national study commissioned by CreativeLive,
the world’s largest online education network. Further, 41 million1
employed Americans would be willing to take a pay cut for a job that
allows them to be more creative.
The inaugural Creative Jobs Report uncovers current American attitudes
and behaviors toward creativity in the workplace. Underscoring the
growing interest in new, creative career pursuits, the report finds that
over half (55%), or almost 78 million1 employed U.S. adults,
would jump ship from a traditional job to be self-employed — if they
could still pay their bills. In addition, 36% of employed adults want to
quit their current jobs in search of something more creative. This
survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on
behalf of CreativeLive from March 3-5, 2014 among 2,112 adults ages 18
“We are facing a massive — and growing — creativity crisis,” says
CreativeLive Co-Founder Chase Jarvis. “When over 51 million employed
Americans want to leave their jobs to pursue a more creative career, we
have jarring evidence that our existing education and work systems are
Particularly of note: millennials, aged 18-34, are most likely to
prioritize careers that allow them to make a positive social impact.
According to the Creative Jobs Report, 31% of employed millennials
report that working with creative people is very important to them.
Additionally, 35% of employed millennials say that having a job that
makes a positive social impact is very important to them, compared to
just 19% of employed adults aged 35 and up. The study also finds that
employed millennials (24%) are almost twice as likely as those aged
45-64 (14%) to take online classes to augment their careers, indicating
a rising cultural trend in skill-based learning among the growing
“These findings underscore the increasing importance of creativity in
professional pursuits, and reflect the need for high quality, online
courses to help people achieve their dreams,” said Mika Salmi, CEO of
CreativeLive. “We’re honored, now more than ever, to provide the tools
Americans need in order to create the life they want.”
In examining gender, it appears men are leading the charge when it comes
to seeking out creativity in the workplace. 23% of employed men say they
want to find a job that allows them to be more creative than the one
they have now, as opposed to 14% of women.
For the full Creative Jobs Report, please go to: http://blog.creativelive.com/creative-jobs-report/
Since its launch in 2010, CreativeLive has produced over 1 billion
minutes of free quality educational content. CreativeLive’s engagement
statistics are even more impressive: the average viewer watches an
impressive 6.3 hours a month. The platform has served more than 2
million students in over 200 countries.
To learn more about CreativeLive, please visit: http://creativelive.com/
About the survey:
This survey was conducted online within the United States between March
3-5, 2014 among 2,112 adults (among whom 1,120 are employed) ages 18 and
older by Harris Poll on behalf of CreativeLive. For complete survey
methodology, including weighting variables, please contact: [email protected].
CreativeLive is setting a new standard for education by connecting a
live, dynamic community of individuals with the world’s top experts.
Using a scalable freemium model, CreativeLive is transforming the $100
billion continuing education market by offering frictionless access to
the best teachers in the world through a social video platform. The
company was founded in April 2010 by world-renowned photographer,
director, and artist Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson. The
company is led by CEO Mika Salmi, backed by Greylock Partners and
Social+Capital Partnership, and broadcasts from four state-of-the-art
production studios in Seattle and San Francisco.
1 Calculated 2013 CPS (Current Population Survey, a Census
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