What is it about?
Understanding the hidden personality dimensions of different roles could be the key to matching a person and their ideal occupation. The research team looked at data on over 128,000 people in over 3,500 different occupations to establish that many people in the same role had very similar personality traits. And each occupation had a unique and subtlety different "personality footprint" thus revealing for the first time that all "jobs have their own personalities". For instance, software programmers and scientists tended to be more open to experience, whereas elite tennis players tended to be more conscientious and agreeable. The research used a variety of advanced artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics approaches to create a data-driven Vocation Compass — a recommendation system that forms the foundation for a new generation of tools to find a careers that fit not only with what skills and qualifications we have but who we are as individuals.
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Why is it important?
We know we are all different and personality traits are an expression of our individual difference. This study reveals that many successful people in the same role have a surprisingly similar configuration of personality traits — each job has its own personality. This begs the question, that we explore in later research, what are the benefits of having a role that is aligned with your personality and risks of having one that is misaligned.
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This page is a summary of: Social media-predicted personality traits and values can help match people to their ideal jobs, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1917942116.
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The vocations map. Vocations are clustered by the predicted personality digital fingerprints of 101,152 Twitter users, across 1,227 occupations. Insets illustrate specific job titles that are part of the software programmer (Right) and concert manager (Upper Left) clusters.
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