38% of young professionals would like to have a mentor but don’t think they have the right contacts
69% of young professionals would face a “quarter-life crisis” in France leading them to reassess their careers and life choices
LinkedIn , the leading Botswana Email List network in France and around the world, unveils the results of a new study *, carried out on the occasion of the launch of its new “Career Advice” feature. This study reveals that people aged between 25 and a little over 30 years old in France face a “quarter-life crisis”. Almost seven in ten young professionals (69%) said they had been confronted with this situation, also known as the 25-year-old crisis, leading them to reassess their careers and life choices.
According to young professionals, several factors greatly contribute to this period of doubt. First, debt issues (46%), then the fact of finding a job they are passionate about (43.5%) or the inability to afford the lifestyle they want (38 , 5%), and finally the fear of not having a job (32%).
Looking like all the classic signs of the midlife crisis, Dr Alex Fowke, clinical psychologist and behavioral & cognitive psychotherapist, defines the quarter-life crisis as “a period of insecurity, doubt and disappointment regarding his career and their financial situation, which generally occurs between the ages of 25 and 33 ”.
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Dr Fowke observes that the phenomenon has grown in recent years due to the tremendous pressures that younger generations face, especially compared to older generations. “These days, 25-year-olds are under very strong pressure, whether it is to be financially independent, to navigate an increasingly complex professional landscape or to maintain stable relationships. In addition, social networks change their perception of life, instilling in them a feeling of doubt and a lack of direction in relation to their own life. ”
This analysis is confirmed by the study: 43% of people questioned say they are not sure what to do later in their life or their career, 40.3% feel they are not earning enough, 35% are frustrated by to their different career options and 29% believe they have not traveled enough. In addition, the study shows that 32% have completely changed careers (either a new job or new sector of activity).
In France, Toulouse is the city where young people experience the quarter-life crisis the most (75%), ahead of Lyon (74.3%) and Clermont-Ferrand (73%). It is in Dijon that young people are the most spared with 45.5% of those questioned who say they have been affected by this phenomenon.
The “quarter-life crisis” lasts on average 11 months and occurs on average at the age of 26 in France. Part of the reason is a lack of career advice.
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Indeed, more than two thirds of the young professionals questioned wish to seek relevant professional advice, but do not know where to find it beyond their family and friends circle.
The study thus highlights a lack of access to mentors: only 3.5% of young professionals call on a mentor, while two in five (38%) would like to find one to support them in their career, but have feeling like you don’t have the right connections to fix it.
LinkedIn’s new “Career Advice” feature connects the 546 million members of the professional network to mentors with a wide range of knowledge and skills in many fields and industries. Thanks to this feature, members can talk to experienced professionals and thus obtain objective advice on their choice of career, to change sectors or to adopt better professional practices, thus helping them to move forward on a better basis.
“Through this study, we see the importance of the growing phenomenon of ‘quarter-life crisis'” explains Esther Ohayon, spokesperson at LinkedIn. “We also note their desire to benefit from relevant advice from more experienced professionals, but often they do not know who or how to contact them. By launching its professional advice platform “Career Advice”, LinkedIn is making it easier for young people to come into contact with mentors who can best guide them on the choices to be made regarding their professional development. ”
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