Quarter-life crisis – a period in one’s mid 20s to early 30s marked by feelings of doubt and insecurity which can lead to anxiety or depression – affects as much as 87 percent of 25-33 year old Filipino professionals today. This is according to a survey commissioned by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.
Finances is a pressing issue
More than 60 percent find their quarter-life crisis marked by worries that they are not earning enough. More than half (54 percent) also feel unsure about what to do next in their lives or careers, while 53 percent are frustrated with their career options.
While half of respondents have an idea about what their dream job is, they are uncertain about how best to approach a career move. They report feeling stuck in their current roles (49 percent) with no transferrable skills, or feel that their current workplaces don’t offer enough support to help them progress (46 percent.) Many want advice to help them figure out what to do next, but don’t know where to go for answers (71 percent.) More than half (61 percent) are looking for career mentors, but are worried that they don’t have the connections to find one on their own.
Find your way with Career Advice
In response to this need, LinkedIn is introducing its new Career Advice feature in the Philippines, to make it easier for professionals to connect with one another for advice,
“While there isn’t one simple solution to get over a quarter-life crisis, getting advice from people that have had similar experiences can help navigate these career crossroads,” Linda Lee, LinkedIn’s Head of Communications for Southeast Asia and North Asia, said. “Getting an unbiased point of view from someone with the right experience can give you a fresh perspective. Remember that you are not alone in your struggles – it’s likely others have been in the same situation as you before.”
Those interested in looking for job negotiation tips, making a career switch, or pursuing one’s passions, among others, can use the feature to find professionals on LinkedIn who can help based on the type of advice needed or mutual interests.
Whether you’re experiencing a quarter-life crisis or not, LinkedIn’s Career Advice can help you gain new insights, expand your professional network, and maybe even lead you to your next opportunity.
From quarter-life crisis to quarter-life opportunity
While quarter-life crisis may not feel like a positive experience, you can turn your feelings of uncertainty to your advantage:
- Take a step back and identify the root cause
It’s easy to be weighed down with all of the pressures of work and family expectations, often making you too close to the situation. Take a step back and write down what is making you most nervous, be it saving, not being happy in your current industry, or even your personal relationships. This will allow you to address the problem and stand you in good stead to talk to others.
Once you have assessed your situation, it’s important to research your options and most importantly your passions. Whether it’s starting a new career altogether, taking a break, or progressing with your current role – it’s necessary to be aware of your possibilities.
- Talk to others
It’s important to discuss feelings of discontent. Talking to others about certain issues not only helps you rationalize the problem but helps with the solution. Though it’s great that your friends and family are there to support you, it is also good to get an impartial perspective. LinkedIn’s Career Advice feature can be especially useful for finding people who can help enlighten you.
How you can get started
Go to the dashboard on your LinkedIn Profile and find the Career Advice hub. From there, enter your preferences for the type of advice you’re looking to give or receive and LinkedIn will recommend members based on your interest, specifications, as well as your current profile. When you find a match, you’ll be alerted and you can then send a message to start a conversation about the advice you need.
With the LinkedIn Career Advice feature, you will be able to connect easily with a range of mentors. With more than 546 million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.