Survey shows Scots workers fear being exposed as incompetent

Scottish workers could be facing a confidence crisis, according to a new study carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), which found that 37% of Scots fear being exposed as incompetent.
Researchers carried out a detailed study into the mood of Scotland’s workforce and discovered people feel they aren’t good enough at work.
Thirty-seven per cent of Scots expressed fears they will be exposed for not being as good at aspects of their job, which is better than across the UK as a whole, where 40% of people had the fear.
AAT also found the following:
  • 58% of people in Scotland admit they regularly feel ‘out of their depth’ at work
  • 45% declare they feel they ‘chance their luck’ on aspects of their job.
  • 37% admit to using business “buzz words” while having absolutely no idea what they mean (compared to 40% of people across the UK)
  • 40% said they feel they are in a job they perhaps weren’t sufficiently qualified for.
  • 78% went as far as to admit they were ‘lucky’ to secure their job given the competitive nature of the current employment market.
The research also revealed the majority (80%) are mostly happy in their chosen role suggesting the issue is one to do with confidence rather than their actual job. 62% of workers expressed a desire for more on the job training to be made available to help them build their confidence.
Mark Farrar, AAT chief executive said: “The best way to boost your confidence and stop worrying about whether you are ‘out of your depth’ at work is to get some training. Studying for a qualification or training course will give you a strong foundation of knowledge, and could help put an end to feeling like you will be ‘found out’. The benefits of seeking training will not just help you in your career, but will also be of significant advantage to your employer, who will reap the rewards of having a more skilled, motivated and valuable worker in their ranks.”
Respondents also expressed fears over the lack of a career ladder to aim for in their current job; 36% of workers in Scotland said they were in a ‘dead end job’ (Also 36% across the UK), reporting that made them feel less motivated.
 The three most common reasons for Scots feeling that they are in a dead end job are:
  • ‘The job is boring’ said by 49%
  • ‘The job is repetitive’ said by 46%
  • ‘There’s no prospect of a pay rise’, said by 39%.
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