LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 150 million members worldwide, has released data about global professionals’ perceptions of the role Lady Luck has played in their career trajectory.
LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals globally and found that 84 percent of professionals do believe in career luck. Forty-eight percent consider themselves to have better career luck when compared to other professionals.
Out of the fifteen countries LinkedIn surveyed professionals in, the United States ranked as the seventh luckiest country. Forty-nine percent of respondents from the U.S. reported feeling slightly luckier, or much luckier, than other professionals.
Globally, the top five most important factors that contribute to luck seem to be:
- Having strong communications skills
- Being flexible
- Having a strong work ethic
- Acting on opportunities
- Having a strong network
The number one most important factor that U.S. professionals attribute to luck is, “strong work ethic,” which seventy percent of respondents selected.
“With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, we thought that evaluating what professionals can do to enjoy that proverbial ‘Luck of the Irish’ in their careers would be a fun and useful exercise,” said LinkedIn’s connection director, Nicole Williams. “It’s clear from the results that you need to make your own luck to succeed. Nothing beats being proactive and building a strong network!”