New research out today reveals that STEM careers are amongst the most popular dream jobs for children with four out of the top ten dream jobs being science, technology, engineering or mathematics related.
The research also found that the top three dream jobs for girls are teachers, dancers and doctors, whilst for boys, are videogame developers, astronauts and secret agents. Girls focused heavily on creative careers with actor, artist, dancer, fashion designer and writer all featuring in the top ten careers.
The poll of 2,000 parents and 3-12 year old girls and boys was commissioned by Disney Princess to launch a new short film called Dream Big, which explores the ambitions of children and their parents. The research asked children to choose their dream jobs from a list of over 50 options ranging from model to miner and ranked the results accordingly.
Perhaps surprisingly 89 per cent of parents have not given up on realising their dream job with writer (11 per cent), doctor (10 per cent) and scientist (8 per cent) being cited as their ideal careers. One in ten (11 per cent) of adults have given up on their dream job – with 50 being the age people are most likely to stop dreaming – whilst 6 per cent said they had already achieved it. More women (16 per cent) than men (12 per cent) have given up on their dream job.
Anna Hill, VP Disney Franchise, UK & Ireland, comments: “Disney is a company founded by the biggest dreamer of all, and we believe it is important to inspire young people to have the courage to make their dreams come true. The modern character attributes of Disney Princesses – whether fearless and loyal like Mulan or creative and inquisitive like Rapunzel – show that you can accomplish anything if you dare to dream big.”
The Dream Big film explores the dreams and aspirations of different families and how they differ across generations. Filming the honest reactions of four families, it sees real children and their parents and grandparents talk about their dreams and shows how important it is to ensure you never stop dreaming big, however old you are.
Parents and children can also visit www.disney.co.uk/dreambig where they can get inspiration to work together to create a Princess Dream Box, to store their dreams and special memories.