Valerie Edwards reported for Mail Online on  A Winning Personality

Children with wealthy parents are more likely to be ‘extroverts’, which could affect their earnings later in life, according to a new study. 

The research suggests that our personality and aspirations are strongly linked to our social background.


Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, which published the research, said the results showed the importance of building the aspirations of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and giving them the skills and qualities – such as confidence and enthusiasm – they will need in the workplace.

He said: ‘Our research shows that there is a clear correlation between social and other skills and earnings.

‘We must therefore build the career aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and foster the more intangible qualities that they need to succeed and which are not taught in the curriculum such as confidence, aspiration, resilience and creativity.’

Read her full report here.

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