All children should be free to dream – so we discovered the most popular dream jobs in the UK
We want all children to grow up free from abuse – and free to dream about becoming anything they want. So we asked adults and young people across the UK about their childhood ambitions.
Your childhood dreams
Our YouGov survey found that the most popular childhood dream job – for 1 in 10 adults in the UK – was to be a doctor or nurse, followed by footballer (9%), and teacher (7%).
1 in 7 adults managed to achieve the job they dreamed about when they were children, including 1 who said they became an astronaut.
Nearly a third of adults who wanted to be a medic achieved their childhood ambition. Others who got their dream job included teachers (27%), writers or journalists (9%), police officers (6%), and actors (5%).