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Becoming nurse or doctor tops list of childhood dreams

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Becoming a nurse or doctor is the most popular childhood dream job, according to a survey for a children’s charity.

It found one in 10 adults in the UK wanted to become a doctor or nurse when they were a child, and nearly a third went on to achieve their ambition.

The poll suggested that being a health professional was more popular than becoming a footballer, actor, pop star, train driver or even astronaut.

According to the survey, the top 10 childhood dream jobs were:

  1. Doctor, nurse or other health professional (10%)
  2. Footballer (9%)
  3. Teacher (7%)
  4. Writer/journalist (5%)
  5. Police officer (4%)
  6. Train driver (4%)
  7. Actor (3%)
  8. Zoo keeper (3%)
  9. Pop star (3%)
  10. Astronaut (2%)

The YouGov survey, which took place between 31 July and 4 August, involved 2,029 adults. It forms part of a new campaign by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The NSPCC has launched a TV and digital campaign – called Alfie the Astronaut – which is intended to highlight how domestic violence can impact on children and their future.

The advert will premiere at 9pm tonight on Channel 4, during the third episode of the series Educating Cardiff. 

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “Every child is born with hopes for the future but if a child’s head is full of fear, anxiety or loneliness there’s no space for dreams.

“Childhood should be a time when we’re free to dream. Abuse can destroy that – but it never should,” he said.

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  • Without raining on anyone's parade, this survey has grouped together all healthcare jobs, so nursing, medicine, midwifery, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc. I can bet most participants probably want to be doctors

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  • Some in the medical and nursing profession may consider the job a nightmare, not a dream.

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