Jul 1, 2014
High School Athletes Better at Landing Competitive Jobs

In high school, athletes tend to be popular, and new research is showing that after high school, those kids from the in crowd are also more likely to get the best jobs. The study, published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, specifically highlights that adults who were top players in high school were more competitive in the job market.

“Participation in competitive youth sports ‘spills’ to occupationally advantageous traits that persist across a person’s life, Kevin Kniffin, lead researcher and a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, said in a university news release. In the study, researchers found that people who played varsity sports in high school had more self-confidence and leadership skills — qualities that are very marketable when looking for a job.

They also noted that varsity athletes were more involved in volunteering and participated in charitable events. Researchers found that late-career workers who had earned a varsity letter over 50 years ago had more of the qualities people look for when searching for employees. “…Plus, they donate time and money more frequently than others and possessed great pro-social behavior than in their 70s, 80s, ad 90s, Kniffen said.

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Study: High School Athletes Better at Landing Competitive Jobs

From MedicalDaily.com

In high school, athletes tend to be popular, and new research is showing that after high school, those kids from the in crowd are also more likely to get the best jobs. The study, published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, specifically highlights that adults who were top players in high school were more competitive in the job market.

“Participation in competitive youth sports ‘spills’ to occupationally advantageous traits that persist across a person’s life, Kevin Kniffin, lead researcher and a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, said in a university news release. In the study, researchers found that people who played varsity sports in high school had more self-confidence and leadership skills — qualities that are very marketable when looking for a job.

They also noted that varsity athletes were more involved in volunteering and participated in charitable events. Researchers found that late-career workers who had earned a varsity letter over 50 years ago had more of the qualities people look for when searching for employees. …Plus, they donate time and money more frequently than others and possessed great pro-social behavior than in their 70s, 80s, ad 90s, ” Kniffen said.

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