Data analysis of a 12-year longitudinal study examining the importance of personality changes during young adulthood indicates personality growth has real-world career benefits. Kevin Hoff, assistant professor of industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Houston, found young people who develop higher levels of conscientiousness and emotional stability during the transition to employment tend to be more successful in some aspects of their early careers. The study findings are published in Psychological Science.
“Results revealed that certain patterns of personality growth predicted career outcomes over and above adolescent personality and ability,” reports Hoff, adding that the findings support potential policy actions meant to help young people develop personality-based skills.
Hoff’s study is the first to assess the predictive power of personality changes for a broad range of career outcomes across more than a decade of young adulthood.
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