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Millennials burning out at work by age 30

Sunday - 11/11/2012, 12:43am  ET

WASHINGTON - They seem to have it all, but look closer, and many hard-working Millennials are burning out at work by age 30.

Several marketing experts tell Forbes that burning out is becoming almost natural, especially among women nearing age 30.

After years of working hard in high school, college and even graduate school, many Millenials who want to stand out at work - or hang onto their job - don't take the time to relax.

Forbes reports that men are more likely than women to avoid burning out at their jobs. Digital media company Captivate Network says men are 35 percent more likely to take breaks throughout the day "just to relax" and 5 percent more likely to go out to lunch.

Melanie Shreffler, of the youth marketing blog Ypulse, says in the article that women are more fatigued because they put a lot of energy into preparing for their careers.

"These women worked like crazy in school, and in college, and then they get into the workforce and they are exhausted," Shreffler says.

Women can get overwhelmed with the prospects of trying to plan a future, she adds, since it seems harder to look five, 10, even 20 years down the road.

"You can't see the end of the tunnel because there are so many twists and turns," Shreffler says. "It's impossible to see what life will be like in 20 years these days. It's hard to look just 3 to 4 years in the future."

WTOP's Max Smith contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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