First house, first baby, first job: 25 life milestones and the ages you should achieve them

 
Emma Haslett
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People should get married at 27 - a decade before the UK's average age of marriage (Source: Getty)

The eminent members of Generation Y may frequently complain that they're being priced out of the property market/marriage/adulthood - but when should we actually be hitting those crucial milestones? Younger than you think, according to new research...

Loans company Amigo surveyed nearly 1,600 people aged between 16 and 65 about their "wisdom, life experience and regrets" - and came up with a definitive list of when we should achieve what.

To live the ultimate life, your first kiss should have taken place by age 15, the study found, while you should have passed your driving test by 20 - and have moved out of your parents' house by 22.

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Age 19 - First full-time job

Age 30 - Start earning the average wage

Age 34 - Become a manager 

Age 35 - Start a business

Age 36 - Start earning £40,000 a year

Age 60 - Retire

The wedding should come at 27 (a decade before the average age of marriage, which is 37), while the first child should come at 28.

The study also found most people start earning the average wage aged 30, rising to £40,000 a year by age 37 - and retirement should come at an optimistically youthful 60, as opposed to the government's preferred age of 65.

If you haven't achieved those milestones, don't panic (yet). The study also suggested a "large percentage" of us put pressure on ourselves to achieve things by certain times - while one in three people "felt there was more pressure on the current generation to reach milestones within specific timeframes". No kidding.

Here's how your life should look

15 First kiss
19 First full-time job
20 Pass driving test
21 First holiday with friends
22 Move out/rent with friends
22 Buy first car
23 First holiday with a partner
23 Be a bridesmaid/best man
24 Rent on your own
25 Get engaged
25 Rent with partner
27 Get married
27 Buy first flat
28 Have first child
29 First house
30 Start earning average wage
31 Second child
32 Buy brand new car
34 Become a manager at work
35 Think about starting/start a business
36 Move to second house
36 Start enjoying two holidays a year
37 Start earning £40,000
39 Look at buying/buy property to let
60 Retire

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