Childhood ambitions can help us choose jobs

01-09-2006

People struggling to find the right job should look at their childhood career ambitions for some inspiration, Jobcentre Plus has claimed.

Research from the organisation, which is part of the Department for Work and Pensions, polled 397 primary school children about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Among the jobs appearing in the top ten of childhood career aspirations were teacher, footballer, police officer, vet, fireman and hairdresser.

Ambitions were found to generally follow traditional gender roles, with boys primarily choosing sporting or 'protection' professions. Around ten per cent of boys wanted to be a footballer, while seven per cent wanted to be a police officer or fireman.

Girls, on the other hand, mainly chose caring or nurturing professions, with 13 per cent of girls wanting to become a teacher and nine per cent favouring nursing.

"Many of us have childhood dreams of what we want to be when we grow up, often related to our interests, hobbies or natural skills," said Jobcentre Plus adviser, Jenni Vardy.

"When looking for work it is often worth considering hobbies and interests, as we are more likely to be good at something which we enjoy and which comes naturally. And there are often lots of opportunities which can incorporate hobbies or interests."



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