What’s your Dream Job?
What’s more important to you: Working from home in your pajamas? Making a six-figure salary? Having a flexible schedule? Being able to take as much time off as you want?
Those are just some of the areas MidAmerica Nazarene University probed in a survey of 2,000 people as it tried to find out what people consider their Dream Job.
The disappointing news: Only 25 percent of respondents said they are working in their dream job. Those most likely to be satisfied are Baby Boomers, those with doctorate degrees, people working in the Southwest and those making high salaries.
Those who want to jump ship all want to head in the same direction: Entertainment.
Dr. Lyle L. Bowlin, dean of the Jannetides College of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University in Lakeland, says that makes sense. Generation Z, who will make up a third of the U.S. population by 2020, were “born social, and with all of the celebrities on social media, it makes sense that entertainment is so high as a dream job.”
Companies will need to pay attention to the dreams of Gen Z –those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s –in hiring, he says.
“Early indications are that they are more entrepreneurial and independent than Millennials and much more apt to opt out of the traditional higher education track that has loaded many Millennials with large student loans and go directly into the workforce,” Bowlin says. “They will be willing to consider ongoing online education as a viable option.”
The survey puts some truth to that. Both men and women said they’d like help with their student loans as part of their dream job perks. Both sexes also want matching 401(k)s and the ability to work remotely.
Men also want gym memberships and office snacks as perks while woman want flexible schedules and unlimited time off.
“They want more independent work environments and have higher expectations than Millennials that came of age in the Great Recession,” Bowlin says.
What about pay?
Men want to make nearly $450,000 a year for their dream salaries, while women want to make nearly $280,000 per year, the survey shows.
Here’s what those not already in their dream jobs say they want:
- Only a two-mile commute by car to work.
- An hour lunch break.
- A 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule, and only 38 hours a week (the average American works 47 hours a week).
- Little travel — no more than twice a month.
- About 11 days a month to work remotely.
- 52 paid days off per year (the average is 15 days).
- No more than 30 employees in the company for which they work.
- No “friends” at work — they want only professional relationships.
They’d also like their dream job to be in California. Maybe because that’s known as an entertainment hub?
Those in administration, hospitality and food, insurance, marketing and advertising, finance, real estate, professional services, retail, industrial and infrastructure — along with those not working right now — would like to move to the world of entertainment.
Those who dream about the jobs they’re already employed in: journalists, accountants, teachers, engineers, IT employees, human resources employees, lawyers, government workers and scientists
Of respondents, 41 percent said they would like to own their own business, but a majority said they would not be willing to work more than 60 hours a week, which a quarter of all small-business owners do.
And only 12 percent want top-level jobs, while 23 percent want mid-level jobs and 18 percent would be happy being associates.