Comet, a financial-services company that targets lots of young people, recently surveyed 364 single, employed millennials without children and found that 41 percent (more than two in every five) would end a relationship if it meant a big-time promotion at work. "More young people today are making sacrifices for their careers than they may get credit for," says Comet's website. "In reality, when it comes to landing their dream jobs, millennials often have a strong desire to make a large impact."
Thus, if a significant other gets in the way of a significant career opportunity, he or she may get the boot. What other kinds of sacrifices are we millennials likely to make in pursuit of our professional ambitions?
On average, respondents said they'd delay a relationship for 11 years if it meant a life-changing promotion (seven years for marriage, and eight years for children). And if we're talking just raises specifically, people said they'd delay a relationship eight years, a marriage six years, and children seven years. About how much would said major raise have to be to prompt this behavior? On average, participants said they'd put off a relationship for $36K, marriage for $64K, and children for $67K, and they'd end their relationship for $37K.
But interestingly, many millennials questioned were also willing to sacrifice on behalf of their long-term partner's work success. Approximately 86 percent said they'd move with their other half if he or she were offered a better job in another city. Meanwhile, 79 percent were willing to live in another state, and 59 percent said they'd even venture to another country.
Finally, some responses suggested that all of this value being placed on vocations may actually account for the singledom of those surveyed. While "I'm picky" was the number-one reason given for being single (at 52 percent of responders), about 40 percent said they'd chosen to remain single in order to focus on their careers—and this was pretty consistent for both men and women (41 percent and 40 percent, respectively). Notably, though, when the above-mentioned responses about raises were broken down by gender, there was a dramatic disparity. It would actually take an average raise of $95K for women to delay having babies, but only $45K for men. But on the flip side of things, men would require around $46K to end a relationship, while women would dump someone for just $27K.