A researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that sociable peers during your college years better your chances in the job market than high achieving ones. Sociable peers, write Rom\u00e1n Andr\u00e9s Z\u00e1rate in a blog for the World Bank, improve your social skills significantly. With growing adoption of automation, social skills will become a key determinant of a person\u2019s chances of labour market success\u2014between 1980 and 2012, previous research shows, the share of jobs demanding high levels of social interaction in the job market rose nearly 12 percentage points. Even Google\u2019s Project Aristotle reveals that best teams at the company are those that have high levels of soft skills, particularly social skills such as emotional security, empathy, curiosity and emotional intelligence. Using data from board schools in Peru, Zarate shows that sociable peers have a positive effect on a student\u2019s social skills while high-achieving peers have no impact on a student\u2019s social or cognitive skills. Worse, proximity to high-achieving students has a retarding effect on the low-achieving students\u2019 academic achievement. However, less sociable students who were assigned beds near more sociable peers in a dormitory showed improvement in their social skills, and were more likely to see themselves as friendly than shy. The findings give a new twist to the old precept \u201cChoose your friends wisely\u201d. If Zarate\u2019s findings are to be the lodestar for \u201cthe company you keep\u201d, better hang out with the popular kids than the straight As. It may be hard to see the party-hoppers trumping the nerds for that coveted job, but if there is anything that we have learnt from high-school\/college movies, the cool kids go places. And here is serious research bearing that out!