U.S. Workers Would Rather Be President Than Pop Star
With all the bad press about politicians and all the positive press about pop stars, it comes as a great surprise to most that the majority of American workers, when asked whose job they'd want for a day, would chose the chance to lead the Free World over the glitz and glamor of celebrity. A recent survey suggests that they would rather switch places with President or First Lady Obama than with Lady Gaga, Will Ferrell and a host of other celebs.
That's according to a new poll by Snagajob, an site specializing in hourly work, which has a thriving community of hourly workers. "When given the choice between fame and power, hourly workers dream of making a difference rather than basking in the limelight and living lavishly as a celebrity," said Amanda Richardson, senior vice president of product for SnagaJob.
For the poll, more than 3,400 men and women completed survey on SnagaJob, asking them who they'd most like to switch jobs with, according to their gender. Barack Obama (33 percent) and Michelle Obama (37 percent) won by a landslide, showing that women covet the First Lady's job more than men covet the president's.
Will Ferrell had the next most desired job for men, getting 20 percent of the vote. He was followed by Prince William (16 percent), New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady (15 percent) and Justin Bieber (15 percent). Celebrities like John Stewart and Ryan Seacrest were hardly mentioned, despite the amount of media attention they get and money they earn. Nor did race car drivers or space shuttle pilots make a blip on the screen.
For women, after Michelle Obama's job, most female hourly workers said that they'd want Lady Gaga's job. She got 24 percent of the vote, and was followed by Kate Middleton (18 percent), Tina Fey (17 percent) and "Glee's" Lea Michele (5 percent). It's interesting to note that no news anchors or reality stars made the list, regardless of their exposure, earnings and credibility, or lack thereof.
It kind of makes you wonder if a lot of the workers focused on who they thought they should pick, rather than on who they'd really want to trade jobs with for a day.
Or maybe Richardson is right when she says, "Dream jobs are not always about what they do for you but very often about how to make life better for others."
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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets. Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.