Midlife Reflections from 1986 Harvard Business School Grads
I like longitudinal studies because we learn
a lot by looking back and reflecting on what we have done/thought/expected. The Harvard Business School’s Class of 1986 was surveyed for its 25th reunion last year and asked about their personal and profe
Here are the responses to questions that will be of interest to most midlifers:
- Some 47% of the class said they had been involuntarily dismissed from a job.
- Sex doesn’t seem to be a very high priority for this age group. Just 3% of the alums say they want more sex.
3. Their highest priorities? Time (31%), health (18%), and peace of mind (13%).
4. 43% have been in therapy.
5. One in five (20%) have skydived, while one in three (32%) completed a marathon.
6. 14% of the class is divorced, with another 1% separated. About 5% divorced and remarried.
Was life what you expected? Only 17% said ‘yes’. 12% said “extremely different,” from expectations. Some 38% said their personal life was harder than expected, while 30% said their professional careers have been harder.
I wonder if this makes the rest of you midlifers feel better or worse?
Interested in learning more about midlife? Please read The Art Of Midlife: Courage and Creative Living for Women