Did You Know that...

millennials are the largest, most educated generation…and yet


And even though the generations that came before us are quick to label us as "lazy, incompetent and entitled", we face a lot of pressures that they didn't face, including student debt, unemployment, competing against an incredibly educated workforce, changing family dynamics, etc. Seriously...compared to our grandparents generation...

  • Our tuition has increased 272%

  • Average home prices have increased by 73%

  • Many of us started our career search in the middle or the aftermath of the Great Recession

In November 2017, LinkedIn published research indicating that 75% of 25-to-33-year-olds have experienced a quarter-life crisis, which they defined as "a period of insecurity and doubt that many people in their mid-20s to early 30s go through surrounding their career, relationships, and finances."

The 6,000 participant survey of 25-33 years-old from the US, UK, India and Australia, indicated that:

  • Nearly 80% of persons from 25-to-33 have felt pressure to succeed in relationships, career, or finances before hitting 30.

  • 61% say finding a job or career they’re passionate about is the number one cause of anxiety

  • Comparison to their more successful friends is another top reason for their anxiety (48%)

  • 23% have taken a career break to reevaluate what they want to do.

  • 28% of 25-33 year olds know what their dream job is, they’re unsure how to approach a career move.

  • 56% want advice to figure out what’s next, but don’t know where to go for answers.

  • 41% feel that they aren’t getting enough support at work to progress.

Basically, graduating doesn't quite bring the sense of relief that it used to. Sure, being done with exams and homework is great, but suddenly students are entering the "real world" and that comes with it's own accompanying sense of dread. Suddenly, we have to figure out what we want to do with the degree we've earned or if we even want to use it at all. For many of us, we don't know where to start finding fulfilling work or where to look for help. The future isn't exciting, but instead is downright scary. Some of us go straight into graduate school just to waylay having to make some of those decisions.

There's also pressure to adhere to society's definition of success, definitions that were created by the generations before us that don't get us at all. It's overwhelming. And then there's the endless struggles to find a job to begin with! Many of us were saddled with the insurmountable task of starting our careers amidst the Great Recession. No easy feat. And for many, the struggle was so real that they took a job they hated, only to become the walking corporate zombies whose lives start at 5pm on Friday and end at 9am on Monday. We feel stuck in jobs we don't like, in a society that doesn't get us, with a degree that seems to have been a waste of time, unable to realize the potential that we know is lurking within us, but too frustrated and overwhelmed to tap into it. 

I love how one article painted the situation and why so many of us experience this person "crisis" so much earlier in life...stating that "While past generations lived most of their lives in relative economic comfort and put off the search for fulfillment until later (“midlife crisis”), many in our generation can attest to having had a 'Quarter-Life Crisis.' One in which they question what they really want out of life and out of work – before they commit to living their passion and building a life for themselves. Conversely, Boomers were well on their way to economic empowerment and stability when they started to wonder what they really wanted out of life." Amen, right? 

well, I'm here to tell you one very important thing!

We Can Bounce Back from Our Quarter Life Crisis!

I get it. I've gone through a quarter-life crisis (QLC). I've felt all of these emotions to varying degrees. And I've come out the other side. But, not only that, I have become to feel like this time in my life was absolutely crucial to ultimately helping me figure out who I am and what I wanted in my life and career.

As a coach, I will teach and help you to:

  • Get career clarity, helping you identify multiple fulfilling career options and determine which options you're most likely to have success on

  • Define success on your terms, reset your expectations and overcome comparison in your career and life

  • Ask some hard, intentional questions about what you truly want in your life and career

  • Change your perspective and feelings about failure

  • Navigate, adapt and thrive in a career change

  • Develop a flexible plan to help you navigate how to make a career change

  • Support you in the frustration, overwhelm, confusion and insecurity of your QLC

  • And so fricken much more!

Because, as Paul Angone pf All Grown Up said...

June 06, 2018 by Wendy van Hardeveld IMG_3496.jpg
We grew up in a competitive, bell-curve, wait-list society. Fighting for a spot on the team, in a school, at a job, for the win. We don’t want blue ribbons because we feel entitled to them; we want them because we’ve been in a cage match to win them our entire lives. Now, the stakes to win those blue ribbons are just slightly higher.”
— Paul Angone, All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!

Original source: All Groan UP

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