Remember that vocational test in high school that measured your career interests? You know, the one that told you to be an architect (which you then ignored and became a nurse)? Turns out they may have been onto something. How well your personal interests match with your job is a key factor in how happy you are, finds new analysis in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.
Researchers from Bowling Green State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examined 60 previous studies to see just how much of a factor your personal interests play in your job happiness, performance, and likelihood you’ll stick with a position. Turns out, it matters—and it matters a lot. “People who have interests that fit with their job will be better performers and less likely to leave the organization,” says one of the study’s authors Christopher Nye, PhD, a psychology professor at Bowling Green.
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