Take a job, any job: exploring the importance of matched interests to career paths and work satisfaction

Joanne Earl*, Franz Iskandar, Fabian Elizondo

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    Abstract

    Employment counselors often face the conundrum of whether to advise people to take a job or to hold out for something that better matches their interests. This study investigated whether matched interests in an initial job predicted the subsequent career journey of 336 sales engineers and whether this made a difference to longer term work satisfaction and tenure. Results showed that although the first job significantly influenced people's future career journey, personality and job characteristics were likely to be more influential than matched interests in predicting work satisfaction. Thus, people may be better off taking well-designed jobs than holding out for matched interests.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-45
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Employment Counseling
    Volume56
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

    Keywords

    • matched interests
    • career paths
    • congruence
    • work satisfaction
    • tenure

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