Engineer, scientist, soldier, pilot, doctor and teacher, most Indian men wanted to pursue one of these fields as a child. And most women dreamt of taking up teaching as a career, followed by doctor, engineer, scientist and lawyer. This is a part of the professional networking site, LinkedIn's data about the most popular childhood dream jobs and the number of professionals on LinkedIn who have some of these cool careers. As part of its 'Dream Jobs' study, LinkedIn surveyed more than 8,000 professionals globally, of which 415 are from India, to find out the most common childhood career aspirations and how many professionals currently have their dream job. “The dream jobs we aspire to as children are a window into our passions and talents,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert. “Identifying and understanding those passions are key to improving our performance and enjoyment of the jobs we currently do, even if they aren't specific to the careers we dreamed of as kids.” Most male respondents wanted to be an engineers (18.6%), followed by 9.4% wanting to be scientists, 8.3% dreamt of being in the armed forces, 6% wanted to become either a pilot or a doctor and 5.7% wanting to take up teaching. Sixteen per cent women had teaching as their top childhood dream jobs. Becoming a doctor, nurse or emergency medical technician came a close second at 14.5%.
Eight% female respondents wanted to be an engineer as a child, 6% scientist and close 5% dreamt of being a lawyer or serving in the army. Nearly one out of every three LinkedIn members surveyed around the world (30.3 percent) stated that they either currently have their childhood dream job or work in a career related to their childhood dream job. Professionals who said they don’t have their childhood dream job were most likely to cite, “As I got older, I became interested in a different career path,” as the primary reason they work in an unrelated field (43.5 percent). Irfan Abdulla, director - talent solutions, LinkedIn India said, “Students can leverage LinkedIn to pursue their dream careers by connecting with relevant experts, following companies, exploring career trajectories of key people in their area of interest and gain insights on a particular industry through LinkedIn today; while professionals who are in a different career can stay connected to the industry they are passionate about.” Over 70% global professionals surveyed said that the most important characteristic of a dream job is 'taking pleasure in your work'. In second place was, 'helping others' (8 percent) followed by “a high salary” which came in third place (with just over 6% respondents selecting it as the most important feature of a dream job). LinkedIn also took a look at the number of members who have some rather interesting careers. Currently, there are over 95,000 LinkedIn members in India who are fashion stylists, more than 30,000 authors or publishers and over 22,000 animators. In India, there are also 49 casino dealers, over 400 wine and beer specialists and more than 72 archaeologists who are LinkedIn members.