To be totally honest, I can’t exactly remember what I wanted to be when I grew up. I definitely didn’t dream about being in H.R. or recruiting, or running a career advice site. I actually don’t think I realized those careers existed until I got to college and started studying psychology. Even then, I had no idea that they would be for me.
Though my exact “dream job” wasn’t clear to me at a young age, my work “style” and approach was glaring from the time I was eight years old. A few months ago I got a text from my mom with this picture:
In case you’re having trouble interpreting my spelling, it is a list of “spa” services I typed out with corresponding prices. I remembered the whole “operation” immediately! To keep costs low, I would collect the free lotions and other items from hotels and arrange them on a shelf for the spa. I then hired one employee, my five-year-old sister, and paid her one cent for helping with (or maybe fully doing) each spa service. The rest of the money was profit!
Confirmed by my parents, I was always looking for an angle, a scheme, a way to make things better, and a way to be successful. That approach always has been ingrained in me and has come through in every job I’ve had.
LinkedIn was interested in knowing how many people actually carried through with their childhood dream job goals. They surveyed more than 8,000 professionals globally, and found that just 8.9 percent currently work in their childhood dream job, though another 21 percent say they at least work in a career that relates to their original dream job.