We shouldn't work full-time jobs until we're in our 40s, apparently

An expert has spoken, and we are listening

if you work in an office

An expert has spoken, and we are listening

Hands up if you've spent the last six weeks Googling 'best cities 2019'? January is over (finally), but that doesn't stop us from planning a quick getaway here and there to make the working week go that little bit quicker. We've worked out how to double holiday allowance this year (it's actually really easy), and we've bookmarked the most Instagrammable Airbnbs for some travel inspo.

Whatever you're juggling, if you're in full-time employment it's hard to strike that work life balance. But what if we weren't working forty hour weeks and could spend way more time globetrotting? Sounds too good to be true, right?

One expert claims that we shouldn't start working full-time until we're in our 40s. Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen told Quartz: 'You never get a break. You never get to step out. You never get to refresh. We go at this unsustainable pace, and then pull the plug.'

Essentially, waiting until you're middle-aged to start full-time employment would be beneficial because 'careers would be longer, with a gradual transition to part-time work in the later years.' Her opinion is that instead of trying to pack everything into a couple of decades early on, you spread it all out.

Sounds great! Right?

However, that does mean that retirement wouldn't be until you're in your 80s. And sadly, there's also no suggestion about how you're going to pay the bills if you suddenly decide to ditch the 9 to 5.

Back to the drawing board...

Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.