Emerging Adults Share Their Thoughts on Employment and Education [Infographic]

The series ’Emerging Adulthood’ by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett explores how teens and adults in their early twenties have managed to survive after years of failing job markets and rising education costs.

An infographic created by Oxford University Press illustrates how these young people, ages 18 to 29, feel about finding a career depending on whether they have a high school diploma or college degree.

According to information consolidated by the infographic, Arnett’s study covers data that will either encourage or discourage you. It also highlights some of the experiences emerging adults have endured professionally.

No matter what your experience may be, certain aspects of this study are relatable in some way.


Here are some significant findings that you may be able to relate to:

  • 79 percent of surveyors say that making a lot of money is less important compared to the enjoyment they experience from their job.
  • More than 80 percent of high school seniors have held at least one job.
  • 60 percent have reported that they are willing to sacrifice their career goals to start a family.
  • 61 percent of 18 to 21 year olds and 49 percent of 26 to 29 year olds have not been able to find a desirable career path.

The Struggle For Employment is Real

Most young people struggle in some way to find a long-term job that is fulfilling.

The average American typically holds at least eight different occupations while they are an emerging adult. Whether they have a high school diploma or college degree, it takes at least four to 10 years to find a job that’ll last five years or more. For those who never graduated high school, it can take up to a devastating 15 years.

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Check out the infographic to find out more about these findings and tell us what you think.

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