The surprising career your child is more likely to have if they’re born in the autumn

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  • A new study has figured out what kind of career your child might grow up to have and it’s all based on what time of year they were born.

    Research has shown that children who are born in the autumn are more likely to go into politics due to their position in the school year.

    Scientists from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) found that children who are the eldest in their school class are twice as likely to be elected into parliament than their younger classmates.

    And with research showing that politics is a top career choice with children, with 9 per cent of young pupils wanting to go into the field, this is good news for autumn babies.

    This is all based on the ‘relative age effect’ (RAE), which occurs because those who are born earlier in the school year are given more important responsibilities in school, so are psychologically stronger than others in their class year.

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    ‘The existence of an RAE in various professional sports and educational performance is well documented’, wrote the study leaders in their paper.

    To come to the conclusion of their study, the researchers looked into a sample of data taken in Finland between the years 1996 and 2012.

    While young children start school in September in the UK, the school starting date in Finland is determined by the calendar year, so children in Finland start school in January.

    Findings showed that those who were born on 1 January instead of 31 December, which is the equivalent of 1 September and 31 August here in the UK, were almost twice as likely to work in parliament.

    ‘The closer is the exact date of the birth of a January-born candidate to the New Year, the larger is his probability to become elected in parliamentary elections’, they wrote.

    This is reflected in current UK parliament, as 44 per cent of men in the UK cabinet were born in the first couple of months of the academic year, between September and November.

    Though, we still say any child can grow up to be whatever they want to be!