Does the Car You Drive Impact Your Career?
According to multiple studies, the vehicle you drive can have a direct impact on your career, as it can have an effect on the way people in your workplace - and outside of it - perceive you. In fact, a car is much more than just a transportation tool. It says something about your lifestyle as well as your personality.
For example, if you are driving an economic and a slightly old car, it says sends a certain message about your personality as well as financial situation; that you're working hard and focusing on your career and not able or willing to spend money on luxuries, which will probably get noticed by your peers, boss or others in your work environment.
On the other hand, if you drive an expensive and luxurious car that most of your co-workers can only dream of having, people will begin to think that you might be over-paid, regardless of whether or not you are more successful than they are. Is this fair? No. But is it realistic? Definitely!
If you are a business owner and you drive a luxurious car, this might result in resentment and envy from your employees, even though you might think it's a good idea to show off a luxurious car in front of potential investors and partners. In fact driving a luxury car might impact investors' decision to collaborate with you. People like to feel a connection even if it's in terms of luxury. Even though this may sound a bit superficial to a lot of you, it is very important to make a good impression with potential investors. They might like to see your success and a nice way to do that is by showing them your luxuries.
Finally, regardless of whether you like it or not, your car is a part of your life and it can have a sort of impact on your career. That being said, when buying a car, it is important for it to align with your world and role in the workplace. When people see the type of car that you drive, they can get a sort of insight into your personality traits and the kind of lifestyle you lead. Your car can say a lot about you, so next time you choose a car, think twice and make sure you are delivering the right message to the right people.