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July 20, 2011

Job Seekers Are Changing Careers, Looking for Dream Jobs

This week at Monster, we've been discussing the idea of "dream jobs." We co-hosted a Twitter chat (with TalentCulture), in which we asked both career experts and job seekers questions such as "Do you think the idea of dream jobs is good or bad for job seekers -- does it encourage or discourage them?" and "How much of the responsibility for creating dream jobs is the employer's or boss's?"

For a recap of that conversation, read this TalentCulture blog post.

Career Switchers
We also conducted site polls on this theme. In one, we asked site visitors, "Are you currently on the career path you want to stay on for the rest of your working life?"

More than 2,200 people responded. Only 14% said they absolutely were staying in their current career -- and a whopping 40% said that they were currently trying to change careers. That's a lot of career hopping! (For tips on handling career changes and other major life transitions, visit Monster.com's Life Changes section.)

An additional 14% said they were happy in their current career but might consider a change, while 32% said that they didn't care about a career -- they just wanted a job.

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(Are you thinking of a career change but not sure what it should be? Read "6 Quick-Change Careers.")

Childhood Dreams
Astronauts. Veterinarians. Princesses. These are some of the professions kids dream of going into -- and clearly, some are more realistic than others. In a 2010 poll, we asked site visitors, "Are you following the career path you most dreamed of when you were a kid?" And of the more than 4,000 people who responded, a large majority said no -- but that they "still daydream about it": 59%. This number might account for all the career switchers we have out there -- people proving that it's never to late to follow childhood dreams.

Another 14% also said they weren't following childhood career dreams -- but added "thank goodness." Of the yes answers, we had 12% saying they were living their childhood dreams and 14% saying they were in "a related field."

What do you think about "dream jobs"? Are you in the career you wanted as a kid? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, or find Monster on Facebook and talk to us there.


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Posted by Charles Purdy on July 20, 2011 at 02:15 PM in Career Development , Job Search , Networking | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)


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So many people want to change careers because they are in jobs that do not fit their skills and interests. To find a dream job, one has to clearly define that job and lay out a path to get there.

To focus on the right career opportunities, we have to identify our skills and talents and determine which career opportunities are suitable. Self-knowledge is an essential step. When we know what we want, we are more likely to find a job close to our ideal.

People who are able to find jobs well suited to their skills and talents are always successful. They are doing what they enjoy and what they are good at. All of us have enormous potential as long as we can channel our energies in the area of our strengths.

Posted by: Narinder Mehta | Jul 23, 2011 4:31:17 PM

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Posted by: Gsalerts | Jul 24, 2011 11:45:06 AM

For now, I am not frustrated with my career life because I am where I want to be and I am giving my best foot forward to excel on my profession.

Posted by: jewelry making | Jul 29, 2011 9:56:31 AM

I'm perfectly happy with my career, even if it's not something I dreamed of when I was a child. For one thing, at that age, I wasn't even aware that a job like mine exists!

Posted by: Eleanor | Aug 1, 2011 1:33:00 PM

It's no surprise to me that a multitude of people are changing careers. Most of us pick a career in our teens and then go to college to study appropriate courses. At that age we have hardly been exposed to enough of the world, and, in most cases, none of the working world, to know what's out there and what we will fit with.

Posted by: How to Relieve Stress | Oct 21, 2011 1:57:19 PM

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Posted by: Traumdeutung | Dec 26, 2011 8:32:20 PM

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