Youngsters are more likely to want to become to next top singer as opposed to the nation’s Prime Minister, according to a study.
Children today – who have been dubbed the ‘X Factor Generation’ – are more likely to want to reach the top of the charts than they are to try and reach the top job in politics, with a mere three per cent aiming for a career in Parliament.
Instead, around one in five people aspire to fame, either as a solo artist or as part of a band. Another 15 per cent dream of being a film or a TV star.
Around one in seven students wish to make it as a successful sports star, while 15 per cent would like to be a scientist responsible for a big discovery.
A spokesperson from the ACS International Schools, which commissioned the survey as part of the opening of a new Science Centre at its Hillingdon school, said:
It’s heartening to see this fairly even split across art and science subjects amongst our young people which bodes well for the future.
However, the sharp rejection of politics is worrying.
While political careers are often forged later in life, it would seem that young people are perhaps being discouraged or put off by the political uncertainty they are seeing at the moment.
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The study of 2,000 kids under 18 found that nine per cent of youngsters have ambitions to be an astronaut while the same number aspire to become a successful surgeon or doctor.
While boys are more likely to want to become a famous sports star, astronaut, or doctor, girls have bigger aspirations to become a successful scientist or famous actor.
Researchers, from OnePoll.com, asked kids which qualities they thought were most important for different careers. Around 35 per cent believed good leadership is important to become Prime Minister.
Intelligence and confidence were also top factors while just one per cent of people thought being a team player was important to becoming PM.
For stage and theatrical careers, 39 per cent said they thought natural talent was vital, followed by confidence.
Apparently, in order to become a successful scientist, 52 per cent believed that you need to be intelligent, while a mere 16 per cent thought hard work is the key.
The ACS International Schools spokesperson added:
While you would expect an emphasis by young people on fame and fortune achieved via the creative industries, the extent of interest in the sciences as a career choice is very encouraging too.
They also seem to have a realistic grasp on the qualities needed to succeed in their chosen field.
The survey will perhaps make less encouraging reading for our world leaders who could do well to ponder its findings and consider the current impact being made by politics on future generations of voters.