Personality Traits and Types in Relation to Career Success: An Empirical Comparison Using the Big Five

J.H. Semeijn*, B.I.J.M. van der Heijden, Alain De Beuckelaer

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is twofold: First, it discusses and derives personality types based on Big Five traits. Second, it compares their associations with career success. After deriving both a statistical and content‐wise meaningful two‐type solution referring to a resilient and a distressed profile, the explanatory value for both objective (i.e., promotions and income) and subjective career success (i.e., self‐reported career success and career satisfaction) is tested for both traits and types. For objective career success, only traits appeared to be relevant predictors. For subjective career success, types appeared to have explanatory value as well, next to traits. This study concludes with a short discussion of its implications and possible further research avenues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-556
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Psychology: an international review
Volume69
Issue number2
Early online date14 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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