Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dream jobs

Apparently most people are not in their dream jobs.

According to a report on Reuters the dream job for most Americans is something that is "fun" and 84% are not in their dream job. So I guess that means 84% are not having fun at work. It’s a tough life. You have to wonder what they were expecting with the whole world of work thing.

I mean I like work, but fun isn't an adjective that I generally use to describe it.

Oddly, salary was one of the least important requirements of a dream job and was cited by just 12%. Clearly, none of these people have to live in London if cash is their least important requirement.

"That fun was more important than money, that was reassuring when you're looking at the workplace and what defines happiness for people in their jobs," said Jennifer Sullivan, spokeswoman for CareerBuilder.com.

No Jenn, what it means is that people were lying.

According to the survey having fun at a dream job was cited by 39%, with 17% percent saying making a difference in society was most important.

The survey was carried out by jobsite CareerBuilder.com and Walt Disney, which is holding a contest in which winners can get a chance to work at a Disney theme park job for a day.

Disney theme park for a day? Isn't that where you get punched by kids and generally abused and have to wear a stupid suit? This sort of reminds me of a story in Irvine Welsh's The Acid House.

Apparently the people in dream jobs are most likely to be firefighters and policemen, followed by teachers and estate agents. I tell you that makes no sense. Not surprising people in retail thought they had the least dreamy of jobs.

No mention of hard-working new media and journalists. What gives guys?

Asked what they had wanted to be when they grew up 22% of children said firefighter, 17% said princess and 16% said professional dancer. An equal number of people – 14%-- wanted to be cowboy or president.

Cowboy, I understand for the obvious reasons, but my careers officer had nothing doing when I suggested this.

The only presidential job worth having is surely Martin Sheen in the 'West Wing' or 12 colonies president Mary McDonnell in, yes you guessed it, Battlestar Galactica. She gets to order bad people out of airlocks. Clearly not something that gets advertised as part of the job.

7 Comments:

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the pixie about?

 
At 3:03 PM, Anonymous the pixie said...

he is now! and in his dream job too!

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous The Big O said...

MERCY!

 
At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you just trying to convince yourself that you are in your dream job?

 
At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would your dream job be print by any chance?

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

print is dead. Pixie knows that.

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed

 

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