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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on March 1, 2011


New research supports the notion that successful navigation of the college environment provides social benefits to students as they move into the workforce.


Specifically, Finnish psychologists discovered students’ social skills and behavior in social situations during their university studies contribute to their success in the transition to work. The social strategies adopted during university studies also have an impact on work commitment and early-career coping with working life.


The study looked at the relationship between the social strategies students show at university and how well they cope with work-related challenges. It was carried out with funding from the Academy of Finland.


“The higher the initial level of social optimism and the bigger the increase during university studies, the greater the level of early-career work engagement, dedication and career-related commitment,” said Dr. Katariina Salmela-Aro, the principal investigator of the project.


Work engagement is defined as a positive, motivating work-related state of mind characterised by vigor, enthusiasm and dedication.


The results of the research project also suggest that social withdrawal and avoidance during university studies are indicative of a distant attitude towards work and an increased likelihood of exhaustion and burnout after the transition to working life.


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http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/01/learning-social-skills-in-college-helps-predict-work-career-success/23991.html



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