Here's How Many People Grow Up to Hold Their Childhood Dream Job

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When kids are told they can grow up to be whatever they want, they tend to dream big. According to a recent survey by TollFreeForwarding, high-paying and glamorous job titles like doctor, actor, and pro sports star are some of the most common childhood dream careers in America. But the same survey also found that just a small fraction of people go on to become what they wanted to be when they were young.

The virtual phone company surveyed 2000 adults in the U.S., asking them what career they dreamed of pursuing when they were teenagers. Public service jobs proved the most popular, with teacher, doctor/nurse, and vet making up the top three spots on the list. Those were followed by musician, actor, pro sports, and writer—all jobs that many kids associate with celebrities. Scientist, lawyer, and artist rounded out the top 10. (You can see the whole breakdown here.)

Of the people surveyed, only 10 percent reported holding their dream job today. The most common reasons they gave for not achieving their childhood dreams were financial limitations, a lack of skills, and prioritizing family. Only 39 percent of people who never landed their dream job said they regretted it.

That 10 percent may seem small, but TollFreeForwarding also found that an additional 14 percent of respondents had held their former dream job at some point in their lives, even if they don't have that job today. And dream jobs aren't always all they're made out to be—among the people surveyed who achieved their childhood dream, just 64 percent said it met their childhood expectations.

If you're still set on pursuing your dream job in light of these facts, there is a right way to go about it. Here are some tips for making your most ambitious career goals come true.

Sweet Gig: Cadbury Is Hiring Chocolate Tasters

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images

If you’re tired of waiting around for Cadbury Creme Eggs to reappear on store shelves in the lead-up to Easter, you might want to go directly to the source instead. As Insider reports, the maker of Cadbury, Milka, and Toblerone chocolate is looking to hire four part-time chocolate tasters.

The company, Mondelēz International, also produces Oreos and Chips Ahoy!, as well as non-chocolatey brands like Ritz, Sour Patch Kids, and Trident. In its job post, Mondelēz says it’s looking for someone with “a passion for confectionery and taste buds for detection” to sample new products and provide honest feedback. Applicants who make it past the initial review stage will be subjected to several “choco-challenges” to see if they can distinguish between confections with subtle differences.

While chocolate testers would certainly need to have a taste for sweet treats, the job isn’t demanding enough to spoil your appetite. Only about eight hours per week are required, making it an ideal side gig, college job, or opportunity for stay-at-home parents to get back into the workforce. The position is based 39 miles west of London, in Wokingham, England, but the post doesn’t say anything about citizenship requirements, so it’s presumably open to Americans, Canadians, and other English speakers.

New recruits to the 12-person team will be paid an hourly wage of about $14.30 (comparatively, the UK’s current minimum wage is about $10.40 for workers aged 25 and up). While it’s not going to make you rich, it’s a job many chocoholics would be willing to do for free. The company is expecting a high number of applicants, and explained that there's no use in following up if you haven't heard back within 14 days of applying.

Last year, the company advertised a similar role and received 6000 applications from around the world. If this sounds like a pretty sweet gig to you, you can apply on Mondelēz’s website. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

[h/t Insider]

Locana, Italy Is Paying Families $10,000 to Move There

Not long after Sambuca, Italy enticed people to move there with $1 houses, a different quaint Italian village is offering an even better deal. People reports that Locana, a town located in the Italian Alps, will pay you $10,300 over three years to move there—but the catch is that you have to have at least one child.

Locana is one of many towns in rural Italy that has seen its population age and decline in recent decades. There are roughly 1500 residents in Locana today compared to the 7000 that lived there a century ago, and with 40 deaths and only 10 births per year, the downward trend isn't stopping.

By paying people, specifically families, to move to town, Locana mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattiet hopes to rebuild the community and renew hope for its future. A new population of young people would help keep Locana's school open (the institution comes close to shutting down each year). New residents can work remotely, but Mattiet also welcomes them to take over one of the dozens of defunct shops, bars, and restaurants in town.

Candidates can be foreigners or Italian residents, and they should make a salary of at least $8000 a year. When they're not working, they can partake in the many activities the Gran Paradiso mountain reserve has to offer, such as rock climbing, ice skating, and fishing.

If for some reason getting paid to move to a picturesque town in the Italian Alps isn't your thing, similar offers are sometimes made in the U.S. Last year, both Tulsa, Oklahoma and Vermont lured remote workers with $10,000 checks.

[h/t People]

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