Two million Australians are “very likely” to quit their jobs this year, as the global economic trend known as the Great Resignation catches up with us here.

According to research by Allianz Australia, employees are increasingly willing to quit their jobs, despite having nothing lined up, in search of greater job satisfaction, fulfilment, and physical and mental well-being.

For many businesses, that’s a scary thought. They are already struggling to find candidates for existing roles and face the prospect for losing more staff.

But the Great Resignation also spells opportunity, particularly for the financial advice sector.

A career in financial advice can be extremely rewarding, both personally and financially.

Advice is about helping people to plan for the future, make smart financial decisions, and achieve their goals.

Advisers work closely with clients from diverse backgrounds, facing different challenges. They see first-hand the positive impact they have on peoples’ lives.

New research by Western Sydney University (WSU) has found the primary motivation for becoming an adviser is to help others.

The WSU study, titled Factors influencing the motivation to pursue a career in financial planning, concluded financial planning is unique in that it attracts people with life experience who want to make a difference.

Across the board, few jobs offer the same level of meaning, variety and autonomy.

With millions on the hunt for more interesting and satisfying work, there has never been a better time to promote the benefits of being a financial adviser.

There has also never been a more urgent time.

In the past two years, 5406 advisers have exited the industry, leaving just at the end last year, according to Wealth Data’s analysis of the ASIC Financial Adviser Register.

For every financial adviser entering the industry, roughly six leave, due to a combination of higher education and professional standards, natural attrition and ailing student enrolment numbers.