Investigating the Dark Triad in relation to rareer choices, job satisfaction and career suitability

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Kijak, Michelle
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study is to investigate the dark triad in relation to career choices, job satisfaction and career suitability. The study utilised a quantitative cross sectional design, using an anonymous online questionnaire comprised of; the Dark Triad of Personality (D3-Short) measurement (Paulhus, 2013), Holland Code (RIASEC) test (Holland, 1985) and the Overall Job Satisfaction survey (Taylor & Bowers, 1972), which was administered to participants via email and social media sites. The results indicated a significantly higher level of Narcissism within the Leadership group, a significantly higher level of Machiavellianism in the Competitive group and a significantly higher level of Psychopathy in the Authority & Power group. Furthermore, there was no relationship found between Career Suitability and Job Satisfaction. However, additional analysis revealed a significant relationship between Machiavellianism and Realistic, Investigative and Social career sectors. Results and implications of the findings are discussed within. Author keywords: Dark Triad, Career Choices, Job