LEEDS, England, August 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
More than one in 10 adults wanted to be a teacher
Becoming a politician was bottom of the job ambition pile (0.2%)
Almost a quarter of Brits (22.5%) are now pursuing their childhood job ambition
New research has revealed the top childhood job ambitions today's adults had when they were younger, with becoming a teacher topping the poll (12%), followed by vet (8%), doctor (6%), professional athlete (5%), nurse (4.8%) and scientist (4.8%).
The study, carried out by Leeds Beckett University in the run up to A-level results this Thursday, also found that nearly a quarter (22.5%) of Brits are now pursuing their childhood career ambition, proving that childhood dreams really do come true. Of those following their chosen path, 38% are teachers, 11% are lawyers and 10% are scientists.
Bottom of the job ambition pile was politician, with fewer than one per cent of adults (0.2%) saying it's what they dreamed of doing as a child.
The top childhood job ambitions in full are as follows:
1 Teacher 12% 2 Vet 8% 3 Doctor 6% 4 Professional Athlete 5% 5 Nurse 4.8% 6 Scientist 4.8% 7 Writer 4.7% 8 Pilot 4.5% 9 Lawyer 4.5% 10 Police Officer 3.5% 11 Train Driver 3.4% 12 Astronaut 3.1% 13 Dancer 2.1% 14 Singer 1.9% 15 Firefighter 1.6% 16 Accountant 1.1% 17 Paramedic 1.1% 18 Celebrity 0.6% 19 Cowboy 0.6% 20 Dentist 0.5% 21 Toy Shop Owner 0.3% 22 Politician 0.2%
Speaking about the research, Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said:
"What we want to be when we 'grow up' is a big part of childhood conversations. It's fascinating to see that teacher tops this list; perhaps down to the fact that teaching is something very familiar.
"What's also heartening is that over a quarter of people are now pursuing their childhood job ambitions. But for those who haven't had such a clear vision and are awaiting their place at university this Thursday, they can be confident that this next step, whether it's plan A or plan B, will help them define a clear career path with plenty of support and encouragement."
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SOURCE Leeds Beckett University