What would you be willing to sacrifice to get ahead in your career? This is a question every working professional faces, and now, one survey has answers. When financial services company Comet surveyed 364 single working millennials without children, they found that millennials were willing to sacrifice a romantic relationship for the right price.
Survey: A big promotion can be worth more than a relationship
Millennials in the survey admitted they would be willing to remain single for 11 years, put off a wedding for seven years, and delay having children for a “life-changing promotion.” In fact, 32% of single millennials said they would dump a partner if they got a raise. On average, respondents said $37,000 would be enough to end a relationship and a $36,000 raise would be enough to delay getting into a new one. The top answer these millennials gave for not getting into a relationship was “I’m picky,” and surprisingly not “I am focusing on my career,” which came in fourth.
Once they found the right person, more millennials were willing to make sacrifices in their career for a relationship. The overwhelming majority of respondents (86%) said they would move to another city if their partner was offered a better job and more than half of millennials were also willing to go the extra mile and travel to another country if it helped their partner’s career.
Millennials questioning value of relationships is normal
Overall, the survey shows that millennials are using their twenties and early thirties to explore who they are and what they value before settling on a particular life path with any one person. Psychologist Jeffrey Arnett has coined a phrase for this time period back in the 1990s — “emerging adulthood.” Under Arnett’s theory, emerging adulthood is a distinct life stage of identity exploration. Millennials need this time to figure out what they want out of work and love. Sometimes, this exploration leads to questions about what really matters, and the resulting answers may mean that romance goes on the back burner.