Nearly everyone has spent some time gazing out of their office window, or at their cubicle walls, daydreaming about their perfect job. Many respondents from a recent survey, conducted by Persuadable Research, painted a similar picture of the characteristics that their ideal job would include. The best job would be “working from home, being my own boss, and working with my computer,” one panelist stated. Everyone seems to want nearly the same thing; flexibility, money, working from home, and no boss.
The most important feature of a dream job is being happy according to 45% of panelists. However, being good at it, 13%, and making a lot of money, 13%, were also important. Helping others was valued by 11% and utilizing one’s skills was selected by 6% of respondents. Although most dream jobs appear to have the same attributes, it appears that people do have different areas in which they would like to work.
Dream jobs were categorized into a wide variety of options. The largest percentage of respondents, 35%, wanted to have their own business. Nearly 24% selected something not on our list, but many were related to sports or the entertainment industry. This was followed by IT/Computer jobs, Medical and Education related jobs all at 13% each. One out of 10 preferred restaurant work, and a slightly lower number, 9%, wanted to be in public service positions such as police or firemen. Others selected areas such as Banking, Legal, Sales, and Market Research.
What keeps people from attaining their dream job? Nearly one out of five, 18%, said they didn’t know where to start. Nearly the same number of panelists, 17%, felt that it was too risky considering the economy. Just one percent below that, 16%, stated that they were too old to start over. Another 13% believed that they did not have enough education. The balance of respondents cited a variety of other reasons such as lack of money and lack of support from family members.
Perceptions about dream jobs were quite interesting. Over three-fourths of those asked agreed that when one has a family to worry about, it is necessary to have a job that makes a lot of money. Over half said the current economy doesn’t allow one to follow his or her dreams. Only 10% of respondents believed that the majority of people work in their dream job. When asked, “What do you believe is the main reason you are not doing your dream job today?” One panelist responded, “because a dream job is just that … a dream.”