How your personality shapes your career

This week I read about an interesting career development study carried out by the University of Ghent which I am keen to share with you.  For me the most striking outcome was:

Not your studies but your character is one of the main factors that determines how your career evolves.

Ok, the outcomes may not come as a complete surprise to you. But I did find it interesting to see my personal and professional experiences being backed by scientific research.

Your study background for instance, really has much less impact on how your professional career takes shape then whether you’re an introvert or an extravert. The research illustrates that extrovert people found their first job much faster then people with a more introvert character and that their career develops quicker.

How ironic if you think about how much time and effort many of us put into choosing a study, doubting our choice and really making sure that it is the ‘right’ one. Well, this study confirms yet again that it doesn’t matter too much what you have studied, but it is more about the competencies you have gained.

Another aspect that the researchers found is that if you have managed to work in a role that suits your personality well, then you probably experience more job satisfaction. Not entirely surprising either, but essential nevertheless.

So what about you? Are you happy with the way things are in your job or do you feel you’re not using your potential? I am curious to hear your view or experiences on this. Just send me a message. In any case, I wish you good luck shaping your career!

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