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How making friends leads to making money

Apr 01, 2015

How making friends leads to making moneyA study suggests that being more sociable at school is linked to earning more as an adult.

The research looked at data that tracked people in the USA from high school to adulthood, starting out by mapping how the students in a school were connected by their friendships. It found that people who were more sociable ended up earning more - but it wasn't just a matter of having lots of friends. Those whose friendships connected them to lots of different people ended up earning more than people in close-knit groups who weren't well connected with the rest of the school.

The difference may come from the 'soft skills' that people develop by being sociable. Skills like communication and listening can benefit any career, while becoming well connected in a company or an industry helps to find support and discover new opportunities.

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