According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 75% of 25-33 year olds have experienced a quarter life crisis, often related to feeling as if they were at a crossroads in their career. The research tells us that finding a career they are passionate about is the top reason affecting this group in this way. Globally, nearly 80% of this group have felt under pressure to succeed in relationships, career or finances before they reach 30 yrs. Comparing themselves to others was also a contributing factor to them feeling anxious.
The findings are quite alarming but should we really be surprised?
Without previous similar surveys it is difficult to assess the findings or identify the trends. Nevertheless it is easy to understand how this age group feels like this. Society, has built the notion that being successful, as perceived by those around us, is the only way to live life. This concept has grown wings with the help of social media, the everyday tool of this same age group. I am not against success, achievement or career passion at all. Quite the opposite. It is what I work on with my clients. They are part of helping us be fulfilled. However success means different things to different people. Thinking you should have found the career you are passionate about and be ‘successful’ by the age of 30 is putting yourself under too much pressure.
If you identify with the some of the findings in the LinkedIn survey there are ways to work through these issues and make the changes you want. So here are a few tips:
1) Get help to work on what is truly important to you in all aspects of your life. Knowing your benchmarks and where you want to get to will help energise you and keep you focussed.
2) If you are feeling at a crossroads or stuck in your career invest in Career Coaching or find a good mentor to help you work out and work on the next move.
3) If you are in this category, concerned about your career and success, you undoubtedly have a lot of successes and achievements already. Remember them. Look at what worked well for you in the past and how can you use that to help you move forward.
Don’t stay in crisis mode- try a new approach.