Remember when you were little and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up like all the time? But this was a really fun question at this point because when you said Princess/President of the United States or Space Cowboy people didn’t laugh. But all that changes around the age of 20. Suddenly this questions turns into ”What is your five year plan?” or “What do you plan to do with that useless philosophy degree?” or “Get off the couch and find a job,” (which isn’t even a question.)
But how many people actually fulfill their childhood dream job goals? LinkedIn was interested in knowing the answer to this question so they surveyed more than 8,000 professionals globally, and found that just 8.9% currently work in their childhood dream job, though another 21% say they at least work in a career that relates to their original dream job.
Nicole Williams, Career Expert and LinkedIn Connection Director, told The Grindstone:
“I was a little surprised (and delighted) that in this economy, so many people responded that they have their childhood dream job! It implies that people are happy in the work they do. The study also indicates something I know to be very true, which is that if you look at the core of your dream job (helping people, teaching, inspiring others etc.), while the package or title (teacher for example) may not be what you expected, the spirit and skill set are the same.”
Our childhood dream jobs tend to be “pure” in that they aren’t confused with what our parents wanted for us or societal and financial expectations. Our childhood dreams are connected to our passions which directly correspond with our natural talents and abilities. It’s not to say those who have their dream jobs don’t have bad days or have had it easy (they have had to study and practice like the rest of us), it’s just their source of motivation is deeper and clearer and this is what makes people happy in the work that they do…even on the hard days.”
Respondents said the main reasons for not pursuing their dream jobs were it was too difficult or expensive to pursue (14.6%) or they chose a more profitable career (12.6%.) I mean, how much can being a space ranger really pay? But some people, 36.6% still haven’t given up on obtaining their dream job.
But if you want to see who else wanted to be a prima ballerina or marine biologist then take a look at this list.
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