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News  17, Nov 2012

Engineering a top dream job for Singaporean men, says LinkedIn study

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LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has just released some interesting data about the most popular childhood dream jobs and the number of professionals on LinkedIn who have some of these cool careers.

Here are the top-ranked dream jobs for Singaporean men, compared to other professionals around the world:

Male professionals, Singapore Male professionals, globally
1 Engineer (11.4%) Engineer (10.9%)
2 Scientist (9.2%) Airplane / helicopter pilot (10%)
3 Airplane / helicopter pilot (8.5%) Scientist (7.7%)
4 Doctor / nurse / paramedic (6.3%) Doctor / nurse / paramedic (5.3%)
5 Police officer (5.5%) Astronaut (4%)

Not surprisingly, the dream jobs for women differed significantly:

Female professionals, Singapore Female professionals, globally
1 Teacher (14.8%) Teacher (10.7%)
2 Doctor / nurse / paramedic (13%) Doctor / nurse / paramedic (9.5%)
3 Lawyer (8.7%) Journalist / novelist (6.8%)
4 Journalist / novelist (4.3%) Veterinarian (5.4%)
5 Fashion designer / stylist (4.3%) Lawyer (5.2%)

The survey took into consideration the profiles and opinions of 393 professionals in Singapore, and more than 8,000 globally. LinkedIn also took a look at the number of members who have some rather cool careers. For instance, there are currently over 4,700 LinkedIn members in Singapore who are fashion stylists, 255 wine / beer specialists, 115 geologists, 112 casino dealers, and two archaeologists.

What’s interesting from the survey is that engineering professional is the most aspired job for Singaporean males. The percentage of males aspiring to be engineers in Singapore is higher than the percentage of males globally. This could translate to more engineers produced in Singapore, which might be able to explain why recently there has been an increase in the number of overseas firms looking to hire talent from Singapore. Case to note: Former Facebook CTO founded Quora recently held a engineering talk in NUS as part of their recruitment drive, and Peter Thiel-backed Palantir recently set up their Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore and is aggressively looking to ramp up their engineering team.

Recently, Cedric Chin, the president of NUS Hackers also wrote a post saying that Singapore is a very nice place to recruit from when you’re a large, established, attractive tech company. Cedric also shared that “it confuses me when people say Singapore faces a lack of good engineers.” With the latest survey by LinkedIn, it shows that Cedric has a point: Singapore does have a higher percentage of people who aspire to be engineers, and that translate to a higher percentage of good engineers, albeit a small talent pool.

Read on for the full press release.

Press Release

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Singapore Nov. 16, 2012 — LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 187 million members, today released data about the most popular childhood dream jobs and the number of professionals on LinkedIn who have some of these cool careers.

As part of its “Dream Jobs” study, LinkedIn surveyed 393 professionals in Singapore, and more than 8,000 globally to find out the most common childhood career aspirations and how many professionals currently have their dream job.

Here are the top-ranked dream jobs for Singaporean men, compared to other professionals around the world:

Rank Male professionals, Singapore Male professionals, globally
1 Engineer (11.4%) Engineer (10.9%)
2 Scientist (9.2%) Airplane / helicopter pilot (10%)
3 Airplane / helicopter pilot (8.5%) Scientist (7.7%)
4 Doctor / nurse / paramedic (6.3%) Doctor / nurse / paramedic (5.3%)
5 Police officer (5.5%) Astronaut (4%)

Not surprisingly, the dream jobs for women differed significantly:

Rank Female professionals, Singapore Female professionals, globally
1 Teacher (14.8%) Teacher (10.7%)
2 Doctor / nurse / paramedic (13%) Doctor / nurse / paramedic (9.5%)
3 Lawyer (8.7%) Journalist / novelist (6.8%)
4 Journalist / novelist (4.3%) Veterinarian (5.4%)
5 Fashion designer / stylist (4.3%) Lawyer (5.2%)

Meanwhile, amongst Singaporean professionals of both sexes, dream jobs like astronaut (2.5%), artist (1.8%), superhero (1.3%), race car driver (1%), prince / princess (0.5%), zoologist (0.3%) and even ninja (0.3%) found far less favour.

LinkedIn also took a look at the number of members who have some rather cool careers. For instance, there are currently over 4,700 LinkedIn members in Singapore who are fashion stylists, 255 wine / beer specialists, 115 geologists, 112 casino dealers, and 2 archaeologists!

Nearly one out of every three LinkedIn members surveyed around the world (30.3 percent) stated that they either currently have their childhood dream job or work in a career related to their childhood dream job. Professionals who said they don’t have their childhood dream job were most likely to cite, “As I got older, I became interested in a different career path,” as the primary reason they work in an unrelated field (43.5 percent).

“We may not be working in our dream jobs, but that doesn’t mean they should be discounted as childhood fantasies,” said Chan Ngee Key, Career Coach & Strategist at YourOwn360. “Think about what motivated those childhood aspirations, and instead, use those passions and talents to do better in your current job.”

More than 70 percent of the global professionals surveyed said that the most important characteristic of a dream job is “taking pleasure in your work.” In second place was, “helping others” (eight percent) followed by “a high salary” which came in third place (with just over six percent of the survey takers selecting it as the most important feature of a dream job).

Here are the top three tips to help you get one step closer to landing your dream job:

  • Follow your dreams by following your dream employers on LinkedIn. There are more than 2.6 million LinkedIn Company Pages. When you start following a company on LinkedIn you’ll get updates when people join the company, leave the company, when the company posts jobs on LinkedIn and other interesting insights.
  • Get a professional pep talk from high profile business leaders on your LinkedIn homepage. LinkedIn recently added the ability to follow thought leaders on LinkedIn. You can read original content written by business luminaries like Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and many more.
  • Add relevant LinkedIn Skills to your profile and join LinkedIn Groups that relate to your dream job. Even though you’re not the professional athlete you fantasized about becoming back when you played for your school’s football team, your marketing skills combined with your love of sports could lead to a sports marketing position for a professional team. If you don’t have those skills or groups listed on your profile, you may not appear on LinkedIn Advanced People Searches related to those terms.

Visit the LinkedIn Blog to learn more about LinkedIn’s “Dream Jobs” study and to download the infographic.

About LinkedIn

Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 187 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified business model with revenues coming from talent solutions, marketing solutions and premium subscriptions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, LinkedIn has offices across the globe.

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Jacky Yap

Jacky Yap

Having spent one year abroad in Shanghai under the NUS Overseas College Programme, Jacky has an avid interest in entrepreneurship and web based startups. Jacky used to run N-House, Singapore's first entrepreneurial themed residence in NUS, and was also part of the organizing team for Startup Weekend Singapore 2012. You can reach him at jacky [at] e27 [dot] co

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  • http://cutecoder.org/ Sasmito Adibowo

    There’s a serious fallacy here. LinkedIn stated “male professionals in Singapore” but e27 skewed this to read “Singaporean men”. Note that a large portion of professionals in Singapore aren’t Singaporean but “foreign workers” (in a broad understanding, this includes EP holders as well as PRs).

    Also is 11.4% really greater than 10.9% in terms of statistical significance? It doesn’t look like that to me.

  • http://twitter.com/Jackyyapp Jacky Yap

    Hi Sasmito,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I think you might have misinterpreted the table. It’s Male Professionals, Singapore, not Male Professionals in Singapore. The table is ranking the top dream jobs for Singapore men, and engineering ranked number 1.

    “Dream jobs” does not translate into actual profession, which you suggested that “a large portion of professionals in Singapore arent Singaporean”.

    While the statistical significance might/might not be that significant (need to run a T test), the results of the LinkedIn study focus more on the fact that engineering is a top dream job for Singaporean man. :)

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