Millennials appear to be having their mid, or more like quarter, life crisis earlier then previous generations as they face pressure to make their work and private lives successful.
A lot of their worry is centred around finding a job that they’re passionate about as they compare themselves to more successful friends.
According to research by LinkedIn, three-quarters of 25 to 33 year olds have had a quarter-life crisis, often related to feeling as if they were at a crossroads in their career.
The average age of a quarter-life crisis is 27 years old and it hits both men and women Millennials.
Those who work in arts and culture industries are more likely (85%) to have had a life crisis, followed closely by IT and telecoms (84%).
Globally, nearly 80% of those aged 25 to 33 have felt under pressure to succeed in relationships, career or finances before hitting 30.
Finding a job or career that they’re passionate about is the top reason they feel anxious, even more so than about finding a life partner.
Nearly half (48%) of respondents felt anxious when comparing themselves to others.
Some of the results from the survey:
The online survey was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of LinkedIn from October 31 to November 3 of 6,014 people across the US, UK, India and Australia.
LinkedIn says more than a third (36%) surveyed have entirely changed their careers, switching to new industries and roles.
Although career pivoting is prevalent among 25 to 33 year olds, this may be more of a result of the changing workforce.
“While there isn’t one simple solution to getting over a quarter-life crisis, getting advice from people that have had similar experiences can help when you’re at a crossroad in your career,” says LinkedIn.
LinkedIn data shows that job-hopping overall has doubled in the last year, and more than two-thirds of job-changers have pivoted careers.
Nearly one-quarter (23%) have taken a career break during this period of uncertainty, taking time off from work to reevaluate what they want to do.
One in 10 have switched from full-time work to freelance or temporary work assignments.
Here’s how Millennials have changed track in their careers:
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