Research conducted by Happiness Works, a London-based organization that measures employee experience, found that twice as many people aged 35 to 54 say they are unhappy at work, compared to those aged 18 to 34.
It seems the younger you are the more likely you will be to walk to work with a slight spring in your step and a smile on your face. However, once you reach the age of 35 this all changes, and that bouncy walk turns into an eight hour marathon run of pain, torture and dismay. You start asking yourself questions such as "why me?" and "did I do something bad in a past life to deserve this?"
So, does your job become more unbearable the older you get?
The Happiness Works survey suggests that the older a person is, the more stressed they become — and this could be due to the fact they are rising in seniority.
34 percent of those aged 35 and over found their job more stressful compared with a quarter of those aged 18 to 34.
12 percent of 35 to 54-year-olds, and 17 percent of the over-55s, said they struggled with work-life balance compared with 10 percent of millennials.
A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 38 percent of young adults under the age of 30 expressed deep satisfaction with their jobs. So it seems that age may not be the defining factor when determining career unhappiness.
However, the study also confirms the result from Happiness Works, which suggests that this deep seated resentment towards your career only grows the older you get and by the time you have reached 50, the hope of ever being content in your job fades away into a distant dream.