If you’re in your mid-twenties and regularly wonder what on earth you’re doing with your life, you’re not alone.
According to new research, seven in 10 young professionals (72%) state that they have been burdened by a so-called “quarter-life crisis”, causing them to re-assess their career path and life choices.
Dr Alex Fowke, clinical and charted psychologist, defines the quarter-life crisis as “a period of insecurity, doubt and disappointment surrounding your career, relationships and financial situation. This can stem from a period of life following the major changes of adolescence, when a person starts to doubt their own lives and begins to face the extent of the stresses associated with becoming an adult.”
The research, conducted by LinkedIn, found that finding a career you’re passionate about is causing 57% to experience feelings of crisis.
It also revealed that most Brits hit the crisis at the age of 26 years and nine months old.
The survey of 2,000 young professionals between the ages of 25 and 33 also found that factors outside of our careers can make us feel in crisis.
A total of 46% of respondents said they were worried about finding a life partner, while 57% said struggling to get on the property ladder was contributing to their crisis.
On average, those who said they’d experienced a quarter-life crisis said it lasted a prolonged period of 11 months.
According to the researchers, this could potentially be down to the perceived lack of options for career advice.
A total of 31% of those surveyed felt they have wasted years in the wrong job, 34% have relocated to another part of the country or abroad, 35% have changed their career entirely and 22% have handed in their notice without having a job to go to.
The poll also highlighted that women are more unsure about what to do next in their careers (61%) compared to men (56%).
Previously speaking to HuffPost UK, Jo Duncombe and Saskia Roddick, co-founders of networking group The Quarter Club, said if you can’t shift the feeling that your career isn’t moving fast enough, speaking to others your age could help.
“Social pressures can make us feel uncomfortable about failing to fit into a particular norm, but when you begin to make connections with people experiencing similar concerns and dilemmas, it can be incredibly empowering,” they said.
“This is what we have tapped into at The Quarter Club – building a …