A mid-career crisis is a problem that is often downplayed and turned a blind eye to. Its impact is huge and can be a point where someone's life undergoes a major volte-face.
Wrong career decisions or an unhealthy workplace environment can be factors aggravating this crisis. People get hit with panic attacks in the middle of work and are left contemplating if they had really made the right choice. There's an increasing level of anxiety about how their work life is turning out to be and most of them just stay on in a work environment that gives them no happiness whatsoever.
What usually happens is that they might have started their jobs on a high note only to realize after a while that they don't really enjoy what they're doing. They feel weighed down by the baggage of compulsion that pushes them to go to work, which only exacerbates their exhaustion and frustration. They can only sense a void at a place where their purpose in life should have been. A report based on a research conducted by Vodafone said that people in the age group of 31-35 are usually the most unhappy at work. It stated that 59% of the respondents felt undervalued, 49% were unfulfilled whereas the remaining 43% felt demotivated to continue.
You know you are facing a mid-career crisis when one fine day, you start questioning the decision you had made, your career growth and your sense of purpose. This might be the upshot of not having reached your desired position in the career ladder yet or when you can't seem to ferret out any satisfaction from any amount of prestige or income that you might have received.
A nagging feeling of discontent claws at your conscience and impedes your progress and performance.
It's generally misunderstood to be wreaking havoc on the lives of a few but this notion couldn't be more wrong. A huge proportion of the entire population have felt a mid-career crisis coming on strong even though it might have been in relatively different degrees. This crisis does not discriminate; it affects almost everyone. Its effects are known to largely cause productivity losses to employers because of the kind of quandary it lands the employee in. This kind of anxiety commonly increases during one's 30s before decreasing in their mid-40s and 50s.
A mid-career crisis needs serious tackling before it blows out of proportion and endangers the growth of a person.
If you think the problem originates in your job and not in your decision, it can be rectified provided you took necessary steps.
> Taking time off is the best way to organise your thoughts. You need to go on a vacation so that your mind gets relaxed and you achieve some clarity in thinking. If you don't want to be alone, you can stay home with your loved ones who can be a pillar of support throughout the whole process.
> During this period, reflect. Think back on your decision and your emotional state back then. Analyse the probable underlying reasons why you're so troubled.
> To avoid monotony at work, try doing new things and incorporating new tasks into your projects.
> If you feel like there's nothing challenging for you at work, start setting targets for yourself and make sure you finish them in the specific time frame.
> Analyse your role in the organisation and the organisation's contribution to the society as well as to your self-growth.
> Recall your milestones and your achievements.
If you've pulled out all stops to no avail and still you're unhappy with your work, it's time to move out and plan what you want to do next. But before you barge in to your boss's room and resign, assess the environment outside work and find out whether you can achieve your desired objectives at that place.
> Introspect on your ambition, your interests, values and your desired quality of life as well as your emotional intelligence and financial requirements.
> Jot down the top 5 things you love doing and the goals you would like to achieve in life. Compare this with your career and find out whether your work assists you in the realizing these goals. This will propel you to the career you want to pursue.
> Also, try and get help from career consultants, mentoring programmes and advisory services to map your skills and interests with the relevant job profiles.
Instead of looking at this crisis as a hurdle or a detriment, consider it as the foundation point of a immensely fruitful career.