You Will Probably Start Hating Your Job at This Age, According to Study

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Do you remember how excited you were to start your first real adult job and make a name for yourself in your dream industry? This was where it was all about to begin! You were young, optimistic, and ready for anything. Well, it turns out age 35 is where all that enthusiasm and happiness ends. And as they say, it's all downhill from there. (Just kidding, kind of.)


Researchers at UK recruitment firm Robert Half came up with this age thanks to a survey that involved more than 2,000 employees in the UK, which asked them about their work happiness levels.

Sixteen percent of those aged 35 to 49 years old considered themselves to be unhappy in their jobs, while only 8 percent of those aged 18 to 34 years old were unhappy with their jobs. Seventeen percent of participants over 55 years old were unhappy. 

One third of those over 35 years old said their job was stressful, while only a quarter of those under 34 years old said so.

Granted, at 35 years old, you are most likely higher up the corporate ladder and with a higher salary than someone fresh out of college, but you also are probably more stressed and burnt out, and are dealing with more expenses, like kids.

On the other hand, if you're 35 and not where you expected to be at career-wise, this could make you miserable as well. 

Those unhappy folks who were over 55 years old also said they didn't feel appreciated at work or have work friends. 

But some factors that do make happy workers, according to these survey participants at least, are having pride in the organization and a good work-life balance. 

Bosses, take note.

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