We’ve all questioned our direction in life, at one time or another, and wondered whether the choices we’ve made have been the right ones.

For some of us, concerns about managing our finances or choosing the right career path have been particularly dire. It’s ironic that young adults today face uncertainty about life after graduation, despite having better education and more choices in life.

Still, people continue to be concerned and now this ‘paradox of choice’ has earned itself a new name – the “quarter-life crisis”.

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To help young adults get through this quarter-life crisis, four final year undergraduates ‒ also young adults ‒ from the Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information have started an initiative called “The Next Stop”.

The Next Stop campaign will help tackle finance and career-related concerns that may be faced after graduation, and it will also feature articles, portraits and video interviews from young adults about the quarter-life crisis.

“We would like to give confidence to young adults, and let them know that they are not alone in facing the quarter-life crisis. We’re all going through this phase of life together,” said Agnes Ho, one of the organisers of The Next Stop campaign.

The Next Stop team took to the streets to capture snapshots of young adults and to record their thoughts and feelings about the quarter-life crisis.

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The sentiments expressed in the portraits range from anxiety to hopeful confidence. For example, 21-year-old undergraduate Alexis Chen said: “We are all trying too hard to make sense of life, but stepping into the working world is just a next step. We shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves.”

In addition, the team has created a mini video series titled ‘Quarter-Life Conversations’, featuring advice and stories from 20-somethings who have found their direction in life after completing their education.

Video interviewees include 25-year-old Wylie Wee, co-founder of Player Events, a sports management and events company. “I think the reason why people call it a ‘quarter-life crisis’ is because of the concept of the comfort zone,” said Ms Wee, who is also a freelance netball coach. She added: “Because every time we are faced with a crisis or something that is really uncertain, we have to bring ourselves out of the comfort zone and that’s seen as a relatively big challenge. A good way to tackle the quarter-life crisis is to embrace the uncertainties that are lying in front of you”.

Jean Loo, 29, also shares her tips with young adults facing the quarter-life crisis: “If I had one piece of advice to give to people experiencing the quarter-life crisis, it would really be to travel. The most precious lessons I learnt were from my travels. Because travel humbles you, it reminds you that there’s so much out there.”

The Next Stop will round up their three-month campaign period by organising a forum-style event, “A Casual Cuppa”, on March 15, 2014, at Lowercase café. Financial experts and career-planning professionals will be present at the event to help young adults address their quarter-life concerns.

Visit The Next Stop at www.facebook.com/sgnextstop. For more information and resources for tackling the quarter-life crisis, visit www.thenextstop.sg.