Almost half of us experience a ‘life crisis’

Almost half (44 per cent) of the British public have either had or are going through a ‘life crisis’, a poll recently commissioned by The Open University reveals. To help people restore their personal balance, The Open University is urging people to discover their ‘Plan P – their ‘Passion Plan’ – and realise their unfulfilled ambitions.

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However, it’s not just those midway through their lives who have suffered a ‘life crisis’ and need to re-ignite their passions. Almost a third of those surveyed (29 per cent) have been through a ‘life crisis’ between the ages of 18 and 30, suggesting millennials are particularly susceptible.

When asked what factors caused their ‘life crisis’, a lack of career fulfilment and unfulfilled dreams topped the list. To combat this, 39 per cent said embarking on a new career would help solve their issues and 24 per cent said learning something new would have the same effect.

Whilst over two thirds of those surveyed wish they spent more time pursuing their personal passions, 27 per cent don’t think they have time to do so, with long hours of work and social pressures swallowing up free time. One in ten of those surveyed do not have any personal passions or interests outside of their career, however 41 per cent said that taking up a new interest or hobby would help address their ‘life crisis’.

As a result, The Open University is today urging people to explore their interests by learning something new or pursuing further study in order to address the issues associated with their ‘life crises’, start realising their ambitions and to discover their ‘Plan P’.

Clare Riding, Head of Careers and Employability Services at The Open University said: ‘Almost two fifths (39 per cent) of people cited embarking on a new career as a solution to their ‘life crisis’ so whilst finding a career you love can be challenging, it is also deeply rewarding. Taking time to explore your interests, both in and out of work, will help you to realise your career ambitions and will support you in finding the role that’s right for you.’

‘Hockey is a real passion of mine,’ Helen Richardson-Walsh, Olympic hockey player and OU student commented, ‘But it’s not my only interest in life. I love psychology and wanted to pursue my passions outside of my sporting career so couldn’t wait to begin my BSc with The Open University. I know I won’t be playing hockey for Britain forever so when the time is right I wanted to be ready to activate my ‘Plan P’ – and I now am, thanks to my OU degree.’

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Source: The Open University