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Monday, 26 November 2012

Research claims that the key to career success is Self-Confidence

Research from the University of Melbourne's School of Social and Political Sciences has revealed a strong correlation between confidence and occupational success.  As part of the pilot study, researchers interviewed more than 100 employees from large corporations in Melbourne, New York City and Toronto about their levels of confidence while in elementary school, high school, college and on the job.
Self Confidence

Those who self-reported higher levels of confidence earlier in school were earning better wages and were being promoted more quickly.  The research suggests that confident employees have more successful careers than their peers who aren't as self-assured.  The study's lead author, Dr Reza Hasmath, said the research demonstrates a crucial ingredient of workplace advancement.  “The secret to success at work doesn't seem to be about who you know, or even what you know, but how you feel about yourself,” he said.
Better Job Prospects

The survey found that confident people were more likely to be hired in the first place - and that this confidence begins in school.  Adults who were confident as children are more likely to be promoted to high-paid jobs. Dr Hasmath went on: "The findings imply that we should stress confidence-building activities at an early age. Such activities should be strongly encouraged both in formal schooling and within the family unit."  "The implications are tremendous in terms of the personality employers should look for when it comes to hiring or promoting staff," Hasmath said.
Confidence, Height & Looks

He went on to say that the findings also shed new light on previous studies that argued better-looking people were more likely to get ahead in the workplace, or that taller people earn higher salaries  "We now know it's actually higher confidence levels - which may be a by-product of attractiveness and height - which make all the difference," Hasmath said.

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