Hundreds of young people in Malta could be in the middle of a quarter-life crisis.
With rents soaring higher than ever before, jobs being highly competitive and relationships under pressure, life in Malta isn’t easy.
Now, research from LinkedIn has revealed 72 per cent of young professionals have had a quarter-life crisis – most occurring around the age of 26.
Psychologist Dr Alex Fowke defines the quarter-life crisis as ‘a period of insecurity, doubt and disappointment surrounding your career, relationships and financial situation.
He said ‘This can stem from a period of life following the major changes of adolescence, when a person starts to doubt their own lives and begins to face the extent of the stresses associated with becoming an adult.’
According to LinkedIn, the biggest pressure that young professionals face is buying their first home.
He added: ‘Nowadays, 20-somethings are under intense pressure to get themselves onto the housing market, struggle to maintain relationships and are commonly subjected to a distorted notion of life through social media.
‘The key challenges faced by people aged from between 18 and 35 are to do with failing to reach the expectations set for themselves.’
Almost a third of those surveyed said they felt they had wasted years in the wrong job and 35 per cent have changed career entirely.
It’s best to remember that if you are going through a quarter-life crisis, you are not alone. Many of your friends probably are too.