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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


DE HARO, José-Manuel  and  CASTEJON, Juan-Luis. Perceived emotional intelligence, general intelligence and early professional success: predictive and incremental validity. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.2, pp.490-498. ISSN 1695-2294.

Although the study of factors affecting career success has shown connections between biographical and other aspects related to ability, knowledge and personality, few studies have examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and professional success at the initial career stage. When these studies were carried out, the results showed significant relationships between the dimensions of emotional intelligence (emotional self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness or social skills) and the level of professional competence. In this paper, we analyze the relationship between perceived emotional intelligence, measured by the Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS-24) questionnaire, general intelligence assessed by the Cattell factor "g" test, scale 3, and extrinsic indicators of career success, in a sample of 130 graduates at the beginning of their careers. Results from hierarchical regression analysis indicate that emotional intelligence makes a specific contribution to the prediction of salary, after controlling the general intelligence effect. The perceived emotional intelligence dimensions of TMMS repair, TMMS attention and sex show a higher correlation and make a greater contribution to professional success than general intelligence. The implications of these results for the development of socio-emotional skills among University graduates are discussed.

Keywords : Perceived emotional intelligence; general intelligence; career success; salary.

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