career anxiety

Career anxiety – unease, apprehension, worry and insecurity about life associated with work –  will worry most of us at some stage of our lives.

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure – and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

Career anxiety

Career anxiety affects most of us at some stage in our working life. This can produce multiple ‘career crises’ according to de Botton. But all is not lost. In this brief video, he proposes several of the causes of career anxiety. First among these is ‘job snobbery’, compounded by measures of material wealth…

It seems that many of our fears are stoked by social norms and popular ideas of success. But success and failure are relative, so a change in perception can bring some relief from our career worries.

No spoiler…

I won’t say more, just watch this entertaining video and I hope you’ll be set free of career anxiety. At least you can learn to take a more relaxed view or both your prospects and your actual life.


I’m a psychologist, coach, and therapist. All my work is aimed at enabling people to improve personal aspects of their lives and work.


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