Thinking back to your childhood, and more specifically age 5, what was your dream job? This formed the basis of a viral tweet at the start of this year. So viral, it even made its way into the Independent along with some of its more imaginative(/obscure!) responses.
How about in adulthood – have you made it into your dream job yet?
Even those who dreamed of more realistic roles are likely to respond with a ‘no’ to this question. After all, only 5% of UK adults say they’re in their ideal job. Career barriers appear to include:
- Concerns regarding financial security
- ‘Embarrassment’ about starting from scratch
- Worries that family and friends won’t support your choices
- Perceived ‘age barriers’
- And low confidence
What are the UK’s ‘best jobs’?
Experience suggests the response to this question would be highly individual and we’ll each have our own measurement criteria. However, Glassdoor believes the ideal role comprises a combination of three elements…
- Potential earnings
- Job satisfaction
- The number of job vacancies
Perhaps even more interestingly, they also say they’ve uncovered the UK’s 25 ‘best jobs’. 15 of which feature the same word…’Manager’.
You can find the full list here, alongside their median base salaries and job satisfaction rankings.
Fantastic news for managers. But what if your dream job doesn’t include management?
Again, let’s remember just how individual our career choices really are. Not everyone longs to manage departments and/or teams and some would rather do anything but this!
Even some existing managers don’t feel suited to their roles. Such as this contributor to The Muse’s career advice column.
The advice that follows is fantastic and largely centres around growing your expertise so that you can achieve career growth without having to follow a set management path.
Identifying your goals:
Perhaps this is the time to question what matters most to you. What are the top three things that you would prioritise in your next job role? Have you got a dream job? And what would career progression look like to you?
Remember to share your thoughts with your recruitment consultant – the more they know about your career goals the better. Be sure to also keep an eye on our jobs page so that you gain more of an insight into what’s out there and what really appeals to you.