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The Mysterious Case of the Gen-Y Burnout

Remember on this season's Project Runway when 22-year-old Maya Luz announced her surprise departure, packed her bags, and hit the road faster than Heidi could say "auf wiedersehen"? The talented designer wasn't asked to leave, she auffed herself as the show's pressures mounted and the reality of actually showing at Fashion Week began to set in. Luz was decidedly moving against the career path the show was laying out for her. While the move was criticized and likely misunderstood by many, it turns out the midlife career burnout isn't all that uncommon for the driven Gen-Y worker.

Once more commonly associated with the over-40 crowd, dissatisfaction in the workplace is becoming a distinct problem of a younger generation: "A recent survey by The Conference Board found that 64 percent of workers under 25 were unsatisfied with their jobs, versus just 44 percent in 1987 (and still higher than any other demographic in the workforce)." And, when the going gets tough, these tough get going, literally. When dissatisfaction sets in, these Gen-Yers get out, seeking an alternative in a job that allows more creative freedom, and possibly their own business. So, what's the driving force behind it all? As a Gen-Yer do you credit this kind of work dissatisfaction with a fierce sense of individualism that's more characteristic of this generation? Or is it as some suspect, that we feel entitled to a certain job experience and the demands of the corporate world just don't suit? What's your take on the Gen-Y burnout?

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