Sure, IQ plays an important role in academic and career success. But what about EQ, aka emotional quotient, aka emotional intelligence? It turns out, college students with higher emotional intelligence have an advantage, in and out of the classroom.

Studies show that emotionally intelligent students not only get better exam results but are more likely to thrive once they enter the workforce. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 71 percent of employers said they value emotional intelligence over an employee’s IQ, while 75 percent stated they were more likely to promote an employee with high emotional intelligence over one with a high IQ.

This says it all. EQ is just as, if not more, valuable than IQ.



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Patricia Heemskerk

Patricia Heemskerk

Beraterin Student Career Services