Workers are most happy with their jobs at the age of 32, according to a new survey.
The findings suggest that the period before family responsibilities kick in is the time of life when we most enjoy our work.
The average age when British people get married is 36 for men and 34 for women, according to the most recent official figures.
It takes an average of three job moves before British employees find career contentment, the poll found.
People rate the work-life balance more important than salary when it comes to career happiness, according to the survey for job site reed.co.uk.
The little things matter too, with nearly a third of workers (31 percent) stating that an easy daily commute helps them feel happier at work.
A further one in three (29 percent) believe a cool office environment is key, whilst 15 percent put their contentment at work down to their colleagues.
Of the 39 percent who are not happy with their current careers, 24 percent are considering changing jobs with the hope of finding the perfect position for them.
For one in 12 people, around eight percent, starting up a business is the answer to achieving true job satisfaction.
Lynn Cahillane, communications manager at reed.co.uk said: ‘A recent stat claims that 91 per cent of young workers expect to stay in their jobs for less than three years - our research reveals why: they're on the hunt for career contentment.
‘Your career is a serious business and for many, is one of the most important parts of their lives. That's why finding a job that makes you happy is vital.
‘What's more, if you're not content with your work situation, it can also have a knock-on effect on your home life. If this is the case for you, it might be time to search for your next job.'
THE TOP TEN FACTORS THAT LEAD TO US BEING CONTENT AT WORK
1. Easy daily commute
2. Cool or fun work space
3. Good work-life balance
5. Job security
6. Work social events
7. Working alongside inspiring colleagues
8. Good promotion prospects
9. Extra holiday
10. Dress down Friday