October 2, 2009 / 2:17 PM / 9 years ago

A teacher? Oh no Daddy, I want to be a star

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Forget about persuading your children to consider life as a doctor, vet or teacher and start training them for the talent shows.

A poll of 3,000 British parents showed the aspirations of their children are radically different from what they dreamed about when considering who they wanted to be when they grew up.

Although astronaut still remains fairly high on the list of careers kids dream about these days, others like doctor and teacher have been supplanted by the desire to win fame and fortune as a sporting hero, pop star or actor.

The parents of children aged 5 to 11 said the one near-constant was lawyer, which slipped only one place on a top 10 list to sixth, while teacher had slipped to ninth from top in the last 25 or more years.

The survey for British TV channel Watch found a sharp divide between the genders of today’s youngsters when compared with their parents’ dreams 25 years or more ago.

Playing professional football, being an astronaut and joining the firefighting service topped the boys’ career choices, while girls are more likely to be dreaming of taking to the stage as a pop star or actress or joining the medical profession.

When asked what they would like their children to do for a living, today’s parents still favor the academic professions, with law and medicine scoring highly, while being self-employed as an entrepreneur came third.

Parents also praised job satisfaction and happiness (53 percent) above wealth (21 percent) when it comes to their hopes for their children.

Nearly 70 percent of the parents surveyed admitted that they failed to follow their dreams when it came to their career, with 37 percent putting this down to a lack of ambition and not having the necessary qualifications.

Top 10 ambitions of pre teens:

Today (pct):

1) Sportsman (12)

2) Pop star (11)

3) Actor (11)

4) Astronaut (9)

5) Lawyer (9)

6) Emergency services (7)

7) Medicine (6)

8) Chef (5)

9) Teacher (4)

10) Vet (3)

25+ years ago (pct):

1) Teacher (15)

2) Banking/financing (9)

3) Medicine (7)

4) Scientist (6)

5) Vet (6)

6) Lawyer (6)

7) Sportsman (5)

8) Astronaut (4)

9) Beautician/hairdresser (4)

10) Archaeologist (3)

Reporting by Paul Casciato, editing by Steve Addison

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