A new survey from Canadian tech education hub Lighthouse Labs found that 57% of Canadians would change careers, if given the opportunity to do so. In speaking with the Financial Times, CEO Jeremy Shaki had some advice to share for those out there who are simply thinking of taking a different route:

“I’d say, think way back to what you wanted to do and be before anyone told you what you should do. Imagine yourself at 14, before you cared about money or degrees or what looks good on a resume. Think about what that kid thought was awesome.”

To put it bluntly, it seems as if a majority of current workforces aren’t interested in coming back to their old jobs. This sentiment, revealed in a growing number of articles, surveys, polls and online forums, has coalesced into a mantra, The Great Resignation

While the global pandemic played a central and starring role in this dramatic shift in attitudes, a closer look at the individual factors for leaving the corporate world behind all have a defining similarity. We want more control over our lives and meaningful work-life balance.

Let’s look at a few takeaways from The Great Resignation and how an entrepreneurial mindset is finally getting the due it deserves…

A Meaningful Future

Over the past year and a half, we as individuals have done more reflecting on our futures than ever before. Why? Because we finally had the time. The pandemic was a reckoning point for a vast majority—especially those touched by the tragedy in the form of losing a loved one or job. People were no longer daydreaming out the office window. They were legitimately asking, “Is this the future I want?” The fact that most want a more meaningful future and purpose is an encouraging development for our society.

A Place at the Table

Working for someone else has always been synonymous with doing their bidding. Your boss controlled the hours you worked, where you worked, and what tasks they chose to assign you. The pandemic forced them to give up control of these factors. When productivity didn’t suffer—and in many cases actually increased—there was no going back to that one-way street. The workforce expected concessions in the form of flexibility, pay, and working conditions. And they’re willing to walk if they don’t get it. This has been a shockingly sudden and dramatic shift in the power dynamic between employee and employer.

Flexibility

The pandemic forced society to spend more time with families, as we socially distanced ourselves from others to protect our own family unit from becoming susceptible to the infection and spread of COVID-19. But it turns out, many of us were aching to spend that time with our children and immediate family members. Being on the same timetable and schedule as the rest of the family unit brought us closer together—to say nothing of what it did for our pets! We’ve realized the importance of discovering what’s really important. In doing so, we pledged to correct our priorities for the better.

So, what’s next? It’s no surprise that those willing to follow through on their threat to leave the corporate world behind often chose an entrepreneurial path. Many are discovering, for the first time ever, just how much opportunity and options are before them. And business ownership through franchising, which follows a proven business model to achieve success, has become an attractive option. Coupled with the support of the franchise brand and other franchisees in the family, candidates are investigating the thousands of concepts to find a perfect match for business ownership of their own.

And it’s all to our benefit at FranNet of Canada. Our time to help you has arrived and we’re now accepting graduates from the inaugural class of The Great Resignation of 2021.

If you’re open to reevaluating your circumstances and are willing to consider a future where you control the narrative, let FranNet of Canada lead you to an opportunity that exceeds your expectations. All of our services are always no-cost and no-obligation. With consultants serving every Canadian province, there’s a FranNet of Canada representative near you, who also lives and works in your territory. Find out who we are by selecting “Canada” on the FranNet Franchise Consultant Directory page of our website.