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Do The Roles We Play in High School Shape Our Job Choices?

I'm Asking: Has Your High School Identity Shaped Your Adult Job Choices?


While we no longer spend our days judging the coolness levels of our classmates, a new Careerbuilder survey of 6,000 full-time workers over the age of 30 found that four in 10 admit their high school roles influenced their career path. Here are some of the survey's conclusions — do you think your role(s) in high school shaped your choice of job?

  • If you were a cheerleader, you're more likely to be: vice president; in travel or insurance; satisfied with your job.
  • If you were in student government, you're more likely to be: director/manager/team leader; earning a six-figure salary (12 percent say they are paid an annual salary of $100,000 or more).
  • If you were a teacher's pet, you're more likely to be: an administrative/clerical worker.
  • If you were a jock, you're more likely to be: a professional; in the transportation field; earning an annual salary of $50,000 or more; satisfied with your career progress.
  • If you were a geek, you're more likely to be: in technology; dissatisfied with your job.
  • If you were in drama club, you're more likely to be: in healthcare, public administration or government.
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