Most professionals believe in career luck – LinkedIn survey

15 Mar 2012

Some 84pc of professionals believe in career luck but less than half (48pc) consider themselves to have better career luck compared to other professionals, a survey by business social network LinkedIn reveals.

LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals in 15 countries around the world.

The survey results also ranked countries where professionals felt luckiest. In top spot is Japan, where 73pc of professionals felt slightly luckier or much luckier than other professionals. In the No 2 spot is South Korea, followed by Austria, and France and Germany tied in fourth place. Rounding off the top 10 are Switzerland, the US and Spain, with Sweden and Australia tied in ninth place.

Globally, the survey results reveal five factors survey respondents attribute to luck: strong communication skills, flexibility, a strong work ethic, acting on opportunities and a strong network.

“It’s clear from the results that you need to make your own luck to succeed," said LinkedIn’s connection director, Nicole Williams. "Nothing beats being proactive and building a strong network!”

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