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44% Indians have landed their dream jobs: Study

Last Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 16:03

London: India has topped the list of countries where people are working in their dream-jobs with 44 percent Indians admitting they have the career they wanted as a child, according to a survey.

In the survey conducted by networking website LinkedIn, 44 per cent Indians said they had their dream-jobs, while just 21 percent of the site's British users said they worked in the career they had wanted in their youth.

Other English-speaking countries also did relatively poorly, with the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand all scoring less than 30 percent, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

When LinkedIn asked its users which job they had most wanted in childhood, the results showed a marked gender divide.

British men said the career they had coveted most was to be an aeroplane pilot, followed by engineer, scientist or police officer.

Most women, by contrast, wanted to be a doctor or nurse, with teacher, writer and singer also high up the list.

Meanwhile, those in other countries have different aspirations - American men said they wanted to be Olympic athletes, while women in Sweden longed to become vets.

Britons may not be all that happy with their jobs, but they have not lost hope of improving their lot, with 32 per cent revealing they still dream of getting the career they always wanted.

When the 8,000 people surveyed in the UK were asked how they would define a dream job, the overwhelming majority - 75 percent - said that 'taking pleasure in work' was the priority.

Nine percent revealed their main aim was to help others, while five per cent said they longed for flexible working conditions.

"It's never too late to land your ideal job," said Darain Faraz, a LinkedIn spokesperson.

"LinkedIn is a great tool for helping you to find the right job for you and at the beginning of the year when we start to look for new challenges - it's the perfect place to start looking," Faraz said.

In the dream job league table, Indonesia was in the second place with 42 percent of its people doing jobs they always wanted, followed by United Arab Emirates (35.7 percent) and Germany (33 percent).

Brazil was in the fifth position with 32 percent of its population in the jobs they wanted, while Austria with 31 percent of its population satisfied was at the sixth place.

Switzerland (30 percent), US (29 percent), France, Canada, Sweden and South Africa (28 percent), Singapore and Hong Kong (27 percent) also made it to the dream job league table.

Australia (26 percent), New Zealand (25 percent) and UK with only 21 percent of its population holding their dream-jobs were at the bottom of the list.


First Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 15:12
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