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In your 20s or 30s? Feeling Lost in Life and Career?

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In your 20s or 30s? Feeling Lost in Life and Career?

If you are feeling lost in life in your 20s and early 30s you may have studied, worked a number of years, and now hate your job. You are feeling totally lost in life and career and without you knowing you may need a Quarter Life Crisis Career Change.

If you do nothing about it, feeling lost in life will progressively get worse. It can affect your future economic independence, well-being, and your desired lifestyle in the short term and long term.

Let me explain why this can happen.

Normally, this feeling of being stuck in life can be triggered by an event/s or non-event/s.

These event/s or non- event/s look like, the experience of being bullied at work, feeling burnout from being overworked, not getting that promotion you wanted, realising the work you are doing does not suit you or you may come to the end of a successful career not knowing what is your next step.

To make matters worse you may be comparing yourself with your friends’ career pathways. This leads to more unhappiness for you. No matter what is triggering it, feelings of isolation, dread, loss of confidence, and feeling paralysed about what to do next are common emotions you may be experiencing.

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If you are a high achiever in this age group you can struggle the most. Media reports highlight what can happen when elite sportsmen like Grant Hackett and Dan Vickerman lost their way and felt they no longer had purpose when they have peaked in their early 20s or early 30s. The SBS Insight program has lifted the lid on this issue with prominent gifted athletes sharing their despair when career development was not considered after they left the swimming pool or football field http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/game-over.

The ABC Four Corners program has also raised the issue on how lost former athletes felt because there was no career development for them after their respective sporting careers http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/05/01/4659870.htm.

We are led to believe that gifted high achievers have the world at their feet, they have the drive, goals, and skill to achieve whatever they want. But what happens when they have peaked and they are faced with a transition like a Quarter Life Crisis Career Change? Assets of ambition and drive can quickly disappear waiting dormant until a new purpose is awakened.

Related: Are you Gifted? Identification of Giftedness- Why it affects your Career Choices 

You don’t need to be gifted to struggle, many 20 and 30-year-olds are struggling. To experience transition is normal, in fact, it is necessary if you want to continue your personal development as a human being. Negotiating that transition without the right tools is like driving a car without having had driving lessons as a 17-year-old.

The reasons so many are having trouble with this stage is not having a clear and thorough knowledge of themselves, the need to re-evaluate their goals & values and the need to realign their life structure to meaning and purpose.

Identifying new meaningful goals into the future brings hope and renewal to your young adult career life. There is much to consider when sorting through this renewal process as there are multiple dimensions to your life.

Related: Thinking About Career Change but Feel Stuck

A Quarter-Life Crisis doesn’t need to be a ‘Crisis’, there is always a solution. How to get out of a quarter-life crisis is simple if you get the right support. It’s never too late if you need a career change in your 20s. Whether you are gifted or not, there is one guarantee I can give you, you will continually experience change and you can cope with this change.

As a young adult, give yourself the gift of time and give yourself permission to learn the career transition skills needed. You will then be ready for the next career chapter in your long career-life journey. Don’t ever have that feeling lost in life again. Your best years are ahead of you. You have new people to meet and influence and new experiences to add to your library of life experiences.

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If you are aged 18 to 25 years consider the Discover & Design 3 Hour Program and if you are aged 26 to 39 consider your career change options via my Rediscover & Redesign 4 Hour Program.

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