Quarter Life Crisis hits three in four aged 26 to 30


In a survey carried out by the World of Difference programme in 2010, 73% of Britons between 26 and 30 agreed they were experiencing a 'quarter-life' crisis, Generation Y's version of a mid-life crisis.

To look at it positively, our generation has it all. We have the education, the technology, and the options really to do whatever we want. But perhaps it is all these options that cause us to feel overwhelmed. We don't know which path to take or how to take it. Or we just know we are on the wrong path but we're not sure which is the right path or how to change direction. We worry that if we take another path it will be the wrong decision. So many worries, so many questions...it's exhausting!

What do you think? Do you identify with these findings? I certainly do. Having qualified as a Probation Officer many years ago, I suddenly had a disturbing thought. Is this it now for the rest of my life? How depressing. But I felt stuck. However, a Life Coach made me realise that I could do whatever I wanted and supported me in finding out what really made me tick and what I wanted in life and how to get it.

It might seem overwhelming but on the other hand it is so exciting. The world really is your oyster!

Alice Stapleton

About Alice

Alice coaches those who want to change career but don’t know what they want to do instead. She offers Career Coaching designed to help graduates, early to mid-level career-changers, and parents returning to work gain a clear vision of what career is right for them, and how to achieve it. She is also an accredited Coach Supervisor, and host of The Career Change Diaries podcast.