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Londoners hit the pause’ button over recession

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:14 05 October 2010

TOMORROW never comes’ for millions of Londoners who have hit the pause’ button on their life during the recession. We seem to be in the doldrums with four-out-of five Londoners admitting they have deferred doing things

By Mike Brooke

TOMORROW 'never comes' for millions of Londoners who have hit the 'pause' button on their life during the recession.

We seem to be in the doldrums and have become procrastinators with four-out-of five Londoners admitting they have deferred doing things over the last 12 months.

As many as 60 per cent blamed the recession, according to a survey by the Association of Colleges.

It means putting our dreams on hold, say researchers who found 26 per cent put off learning a new skill, 10 per cent changing careers, 43 per cent getting fit and 33 per cent going travelling.

But London should not despair, says the association, as the 'leave it to the future' syndrome is not 'terminal' with the New Year set to be one for action.

Confidence is a particular issue, with 40 per cent of those who put off changing their career suffered lack of self belief.

Martin Doel, the association's chief executive, said: "Thinking up 'ifs' and 'buts' why you can't do things is a natural instinct.

"But it's a real shame that lack of confidence and self belief are reasons for delays. We should be looking at our skills, talents, careers and opportunities, rather than stalling on ambitions during a recession."

It's all aimed at Colleges Week which ends Sunday, organised by the association with the Department for Business and Skills, aimed at promoting the role of colleges and the courses and opportunities they offer.


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