February 7, 2013 | Barb Carr

Career Development: Are You Living Your Childhood Dream?

You don’t have to be an astronaut or cowboy to live your childhood career dream. A LinkedIn survey has concluded that over 30% of people are in a career related to their childhood dream job. It’s not as crazy as it seems. Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert, says in Business Insider that what we desire as children reveals our core competencies and natural tendencies:

Out of those surveyed in the report, 30.3 percent said that they currently have jobs closely related to their childhood dream jobs.

“You need to ask yourself ‘what was it about this childhood dream job that got me so excited?’…the ‘why did I want to do that?’…’what was I hoping to accomplish?’…that can help you to get the spark back into your current job,” Williams said.

“Even if the package is different, if can you tie yourself and your career to the fundamental why or passion that you were connected to as a kid, you’ll experience more success.”

What was your dream job as a child? How does it relate to your current job?
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