Young people at work run the risk of hindering their careers by paying too much attention to Snapchats posted by friends about their jobs, according to new research from Milkround.

95 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they felt envious of some part of their friends' jobs, with most stating that others' travel opportunities with work is one of the main instigators of the green-eyed monster.

And social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to that jealousy. 37 per cent of those surveyed clearly cited social media as the source of their career envy. In fact, our opinions of how our friends are doing in their entire lives is shaped by what we see on social media with over one third stating that positive social media posts make them believe others are doing well.

Snapchat has been named the social media network that invokes the most feelings of anxiety around careers, with short disappearing stories that leave lasting impressions.

Social Media Channels that cause the most career envy


1st                                                                                                           Snapchat

2nd                                                                                                          Linkedin

3rd                                                                 Twitter                                                            

Dr. Sarah Parry, clinical lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University said: "This career anxiety is likely to come from an initial internal feeling of dissatisfaction, which is then exacerbated by these social media posts.

"60 per cent of students and graduates are still unsure of what they want to do in their careers. This insecurity is easily transformed into jealously when they see continuous posts of what they perceive is someone who has it 'all figured out'."

Money is also a major reason for envy, with 46 per cent stating that their friends' salaries are the main reason for their jealousy; with social posts about holidays and things they buy leading them to believe that they are earning less than their peers.

Francesca Parkinson from Milkround said: "It's fair to say, students feel a vast amount of pressure to make sure their life choices pay off, in fact almost half (49 per cent) of those surveyed felt the strain of making the right decision. With an extremely high 95 per cent saying they feel pressure to land the perfect job straight out of university, although half of those surveyed still have no idea what their dream job is!

"So, it's no wonder they are holding themselves to impossibly high standards, due to social media posts which show all the reward but none of the struggle."

42 per cent of those questioned said that they felt at a lower level in their careers than their friends.

Dr. Parry, whose clinical work focuses on experiences of dissociation and developing wellbeing services for young people, said: "It is important for students and graduates to know that these feelings are completely natural as social media becomes more and more a part of everyday life, and that they are not alone. "

Dr. Parry has provided three top tips to assist young people in coping with potentially negative emotions brought on by social media:

  1. Take a minute and assess what's really important to you. Whether it be career, family life, friends, or another aspect of life, make your own priorities the dominant focus in your life
  2. Set some time aside to catch up face-to-face with the people who are posting things that might make you feel envious. Getting the whole picture will often help breakdown the pedestal of perfection that you have them perched on
  3. Pick your channel. There are so many social media channels, recognising those channels that bring on negative feelings and cutting down on them will mean you enjoy social media more

For more from Dr. Susan Parry on how to recognise and combat career anxiety visit Milkround