The right career choice can "contribute positively to your mental health"

Satisfaction, being challenged and "making a difference" are among a list of benefits British people believe they receive by going to work, according to a survey commissioned by St Andrew’s Healthcare.

Nearly 65 per cent of the 2,000 workers surveyed said they felt proud of the work they do, rather than just seeing it as a nine-five job.

“The right career choice can be more than financially rewarding; it can also contribute positively to your mental health," said Martin Kersey, HR Director at St Andrew’s. “For many people, the job or career they have is a huge part of their identity and allows them to do something which can really make a difference to others.

“This is why many nurses and people working in the healthcare sector chose to join the profession; because they want to make a real difference. One in four people experience mental health problems at some point in their lives."

He added: “It is not always the easiest environment to work in but despite its challenges, we hear inspiring stories from our staff everyday about how our patients are progressing towards recovery. By working together we are able to transform the lives of people in our care, their families and carers.”

The study of 2,000 workers found a feeling of satisfaction is the biggest positive they get from their jobs followed by knowing they are helping others and being challenged. A sense of purpose and good company complete the top five positive benefits of their careers. But while 68 per cent name money as one of the main reasons for going to work, 22 per cent do so to feel worthwhile while one in five want to make a difference.

Martin Kersey added: “There’s a national shortage of nurses, and we are looking for new and talented people to join our team. Mental health nursing is a rewarding profession, and St Andrew’s Healthcare is an exceptional place to follow a career in nursing.

"Whether you are experienced, newly qualified or thinking about training, we have various opportunities available across our charity. Our unique nursing career pathway enables our people to develop and progress without needing to leave the charity. "We support our staff while they learn; our award-winning bursary programme offers a financial bursary to Healthcare Assistants while they study to become qualified Nurses, and we offer an outstanding Preceptorship Programme for people new to the role.”

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