Educated and Happy: A Four‐Year Study Explaining the Links Between Education, Job Fit, and Life Satisfaction

Remus Ilies, Jingxian Yao, Petru L. Curseu, Alyssa X. Liang

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Abstract

Drawing on a bottom‐up theoretical perspective on life satisfaction, we developed and tested a model that specifies distinct paths from education to life satisfaction through three domain satisfactions (i.e., job, financial, and health satisfactions). Furthermore, we proposed explanatory mechanisms for each of these three paths (i.e., job fit, financial literacy, and proactive healthy behaviours). To test our hypotheses, we used a large probability sample comprising 3,011–9,669 individuals, from the Netherlands, who provided survey responses over four consecutive years. The results supported the hypothesised mediating mechanisms explaining the indirect relationship between education and job, financial, and health satisfactions. Findings also showed that each of these domain satisfactions independently predicts general life satisfaction. Overall, the study shows the importance of education for life satisfaction and highlights the importance of work (i.e., job fit and job satisfaction) for individuals' general subjective well‐being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-176
Number of pages27
JournalApplied Psychology
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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