"When I grow up, I'm going to be a …". Despite schoolyard
ambitions of achieving success as brain surgeons, politicians, lion tamers
or astronauts, a recent survey has shown that only a quarter of the UK workforce
has fulfilled their childhood ambitions.

Friends Reunited surveyed 40,000 of their members and old stereotypes rang
true with the nursing profession, teaching and hairdressing coming out on top
for girls and science, soldiering and professional football being top choice
for boys. Half of those that missed out on securing their dream job said they
had changed their mind, 14% failed to make the grade, while 10% of women and
5% of men cited 'family commitments' as the reason that they were unable to
live out their dreams.

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