What Kiwis choose to study does not always dictate their career paths, according to a series of online polls by job site seek.co.nz.
Of those surveyed, 64 percent said their current job was not aligned to what they studied or trained in.
Janet Faulding, general manager of Seek New Zealand, says there are a number of factors behind people changing tack in their careers.
"We know that many people change careers at least once in their lifetime, which can lead to people working in roles that don't necessarily relate to their studies.
What's more, with nearly 138,000 people in New Zealand receiving tertiary qualifications in 2011 alone, the market for graduate level jobs is becoming increasingly competitive. Many young Kiwis will be learning to adapt to the current market conditions, by taking on roles they may have otherwise not considered," she says.
Seek research conducted last year revealed that 7 out of 10 New Zealanders would consider a complete career overhaul. The polls also revealed that 66 percent of Kiwis are not working in jobs that they believe reflect their personal interests, passions, or hobbies.
Faulding says this could signal that, when it comes to matters of employment, Kiwis let the brain lead before the heart.
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