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44% Indians have landed their dream jobs

January 11, 2013 15:17 IST

Job adsIndia has topped the list of countries where people are working in their dream-jobs with 44 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent, 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 per cent -- said that 'taking pleasure in work' was the priority.

Nine per cent 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 per cent of its people doing jobs they always wanted, followed by United Arab Emirates (35.7 per cent) and Germany (33 per cent).

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

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

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

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