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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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emalove emalove 9 years
Hmmmm...I think a little bit. I was always an honors student (I graduated #2 in my class) and was involved in tons of activities...I played tennis for 6 years, field hockey for 3, I was NHS secretary, on the student council, the yearbook editor, and much more. I was definitely not a goody-goody, but I was motivated to do well and always tried my best. I really had a great experience in high school and enjoyed the time I spent there. I grew up to become a teacher, so I guess in a way, I was influenced by my own schooling and identity.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I was a teacher's pet and in the drama club, and now I am in Theatre, which was not one of the careers listed at all.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I don't fit into any of those categories. Funny, because it's really difficult to pin down my job title too!
skigurl skigurl 9 years
haha bingkaycoy, "I used to be the achievement-oriented person in high school, the leader and the "talker"." haha me too! well-put! so where do we fall??
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
What if you were basically almost all of those things? Hm. :? I was all of these things except Drama club person.
codewhiz codewhiz 9 years
I think it's pretty spot-on. I was in drama club and have spent my entire working life in the healthcare field.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hardly, I was voted "Next Miss America."
rocketgirl rocketgirl 9 years
Hmm, that doesn't really fit me. I was an academic (not geek or teacher's pet) and in drama and choir. I'm now an engineer who is right on track and pleased with her career.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I think the people that took the survey are full of crap. I can tell you that the president of my class is probably the same hippie he was in HS. My 20 year reunion is on 3 weeks so it will interesting to see what people have really done with their lives.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Like syako, I was in ASB, but not really because I loved it. I also don't feel I reallllly fit into these categories. I was really academically oriented, but had a good group of friends, and spent a lot of my time doing community service and getting involved. I also was mildly involved in Speech and Debate and was in Drama class. But I don't feel I really fit a certain category about me.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 9 years
I think cheerleaders would better fit in PR and marketing. But I will say that being involved in yearbook gave me a lot of help in deciding my career. I love making print productions with photos and text. Plus, it gave me a head start on learning the software before people in college knew it.
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
I was a cheerleader and i'm not in one of those jobs...
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
What do the invisibles (me) become?
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
that's funny. i was a cheerleader, geek, drama freak and class and student body vp. i also did debate. i'd say i turned out exactly as i planned! well rounded, fun, financially secure and happy!
Marni7 Marni7 9 years
haha i was a cheerleader, in the school paper and a geek i suppose lol but none of the descriptions fit what im doing now.( i work at a university)
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Oh my gosh this has me laughing. So does that mean we all need to steer our kids to student government or being a cheerleader? At least they'd be earning six figures or satisfied with their jobs - one or the other. I didn't attend high-school so I couldn't say, but honestly in elementary school I was the teacher's pet and my natural tendency all over the administrative positions. This motivates me to break that mold! Give me some government baby!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I was into drama, and now I'm a (wannabe) librarian. It's kind of in the helping field like public service and healthcare.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I used to be the achievement-oriented person in high school, the leader and the "talker". But people do change. And I've mellowed. I don't go for achieving things that only satisfy my ego nor do I talk just because I need my voice to be heard regardless of what I have to say that can result in bad or good results. I am very content in what I have and not obsessive about what I want to have. Life is not about achieving nor acquiring stuff but life for me, is a life to the Lord God.
brandiboop brandiboop 9 years
What if you always ditched school and spent most of your time in the Dean's office?! I don't know what my future holds! haha! Actually I think I am a better person for going through my REALLY rebellious stage in high school! It has made me realize how much bieng my own person, and creativity makes me who I am. Now I am getting my Bachelor of Fine Arts. :)
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
What if you were every category? I would have been classified in each category and one wasn't more than the other. I was a cheerleader, athlete, drama club , geeky tech girl, teacher's pet and president of several student governments. I wonder what those people turn into?
geebers geebers 9 years
I was a geek and now work in the drama club's line of work (healthcare and have a MPA haha)
Imani33 Imani33 9 years
Hmm I don't fit in those categories, I was a jock/"good" girl and I work marketing world...
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
where do newspaper editor and partier fit in? lol
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i don't agree with: "If you were a teacher's pet, you're more likely to be: an administrative/clerical worker." i don't fall into any of those categories, really, but only because i was too scared to run for student government. the only one i can relate to is teacher's pet, and i would say that someone who is a teacher's pet isn't likely to be admin/clerical...rather, a teacher's pet is often top of the class. i'd say they're likely to be well educated, with a professional degree, making lots of coin
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I showed up a lot less for h.s. than I meant to... I was too busy organizing protests and park cleanups to go to class. Do they have a category for that?
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