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Can Dream Jobs Come True?
Enter to Win Your Dream Job!

Walt Disney once said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

But what about dream jobs? Can we truly love what we do and get paid for it?

Recently, CareerBuilder.com and Disney Parks took a look at the idea of dream jobs and the people living out their fantasies. According to their survey of over 6,000 workers nationwide, a staggering 84 percent of people say they aren’t in their dream jobs. What’s the biggest thing missing? Fun.

"What defines a dream job is surprisingly reminiscent of childhood wishes for many workers.  Workers said they want to enjoy their work experience, apply their talents and feel like they’re making an impact," says Richard Castellini, senior career advisor for CareerBuilder.com. "Having fun at work was the most important attribute of a dream job for 39 percent of workers, which heavily outweighed the 12 percent who said salary was most important."

Who’s Living the Dream?

Professions reporting the highest percentage of those feeling they are already in their dream jobs included police and firefighters, teachers, real estate professionals, engineers, travel professionals and nurses.  Those professions with the least amount of workers feeling they have their dream jobs included accommodations/food services, manufacturing and retail.

"As children, excitement and imagination played a major role in defining career paths. We dreamed of becoming firefighters, princesses and dancers," says Castellini. "But today, a majority of workers aren’t living out the aspirations they had 20, 30, or even 40 years ago."

Where Dream Jobs Come True

In the CareerBuilder.com and Disney Parks survey, a majority of respondents thought it would be fun to work at a Disney theme park (57 percent).  And now Disney Parks is giving Americans the chance to live out their "Dream Jobs" for a day in conjunction with its "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration.

Workers across the country can compete for a chance to win one of five Disney Dream Jobs: 1) a Jungle Cruise Skipper 2) Haunted Mansion Butler or Maid 3) Apprentice Pirate 4) Princess-in-Waiting or 5) Disney Park Parade Performer.  If you want to apply for a Disney Dream Job and you’re 18 or older, go to www.careerbuilder.com/disneydreamjobs from January 24 to February 20 to win the opportunity to work at a Disney Park for one day.  Contestants are asked to submit creative and original video resumes, including why you want to work at a Disney Park, qualifications and skills for your desired position, and why it’s your Disney Parks "Dream Job". 

Five finalists will be selected for each of the five "Dream Jobs" by the public. Along with their dream job, winners will receive a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA in June 2007. Check out the Web site above for complete rules and regulations.

11 Comments
  1. Dream jobs are in the eye of the beholder. I absolutely love my job, being a freelance real estate agent/consultant, but I know people who love farming, working 14 hours a day of hard manual labor, but they love it. I guess it’s all up to how you view life, and your attitude on it.
    Eric
    New York Real Estate

  2. Why I Love My Job

    I work a job helping others; I love it because I help my clients in living life to the fullest. I help my people in realizing their positive gifts which raises their self esteem. My people are people with thought disorders who normally have difficulty living on there own. I make others feel special which makes me feel good. Everyday is different for me; I never do the same thing two days in a role. As a case manager I never know my schedule because we do so many great services I love not doing the same thing everyday. I take pride in all the successes of my people and I feel like I’m a big part in changing their lives from sitting at home to becoming active parts of society. And that’s why I love my job. The biggest thing about my job I have loved is when I am a part of a person’s life I have seen people go from being homeless to having a job and going to college and I know I am a part of this accomplishment. This is why I love my job

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