Birth order impacts career destiny

11 April 2017

To mark National Siblings Day on Monday, Disney commissioned a study looking into how birth order can determine which jobs people end up doing.

The order children are born in can have a huge impact on the career path they take.

Led by psychologist Emma Kenny, and to celebrate Disney’s most famous siblings, Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, the team of experts analysed a random sample of over 500 of the most successful individuals from 11 different career groups to identify statistically significant patterns.

They found that no matter the home background, siblings often end up taking vastly different career paths, much like Anna and Elsa.

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First-born children, like Neil Armstrong, are 29 percent more likely to become astronauts. They also have a higher chance of following a vocation into science and engineering, just like Stephen Hawking or becoming a rock star, like Mick Jagger.

But fear not middle-born kids, you have people like Mark Zuckerberg, Lord Alan Sugar and Bill Gates to look up to. If you were born in the middle of your family, you are 30 percent more likely to become high-flying CEOS, thanks to your competitive, flexible and diplomatic personality traits.

You may well become an Olympian too! It was found professional athletes had a 41 percent chance of falling into this age bracket.

And what about the youngest kids? Composing and becoming an explorer may just be your destiny.

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“The research conducted over the last month has shown that birth order is a significant factor in determining employment role types between siblings - overall there are far more typical cases than exceptions,” Emma told Cover Media.

“As with Disney's film Frozen, the destiny of two siblings can be very different, however, all siblings have an innate bond which should be celebrated; National Siblings Day is a nice opportunity to do just that.”

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