Reading at 16 linked to better job prospects

Laura Donovan Contributor

Researcher Mark Taylor, from the Department of Sociology [at Oxford University], analyzed 17,200 questionnaire responses from people born in 1970, which gave details of extra-curricular activities at the age of 16 and their careers at the age of 33. The findings, presented at the British Sociological Association on May 4, show that girls who had read books at 16 had a 39 percent probability of a professional or managerial post at 33, but only a 25 per cent chance if they had not. For boys who read regularly, the figure went up from 48 per cent to 58 percent.

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