Vietnamese children aged 7-14 chose the profession of doctor as their top career choice in the annual Adecco Children’s Career Survey, conducted by Adecco Vietnam, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest human resources companies.

The results of this survey were eagerly anticipated and it’s fascinating to see what is going on in the mind of Vietnam’s future business leaders, Nicola Connolly, general director of Adecco Vietnam, said.

He said the survey shows that children are family-oriented, ambitious and caring about the country they live in. Many want to help others who may be less fortunate than themselves.

The survey, titled “What do you want to be when you grow up,” identified the top five jobs as doctor, teacher, police officer, singer and business executive.

Thirty-four percent of the children who chose doctor said their monthly salary expectations ranged from 1 million VND (48 USD) to 100 million VND (4,807 USD).

The children said they wanted to be a doctor to cure people and family, especially poor children and the elderly.

Asked what three things they would do if they became the President of Vietnam, the children replied with a variety of responses: prevent war, catch thieves and protect people, build houses and swimming pools for the poor, give money to poor children, travel to Singapore and the US and keep the country clean.

The survey asked whether it was more important to make lots of money or to spend time with your family. Eighty-one percent of the children said that spending time with their family was more important.

However, 19 percent said they wanted to make more money so they could take care of their parents and other family members.

Regarding weekend activities, more than 40 percent of children said they preferred to go swimming. They also said the Government’s programme to offer training in swimming was effective.-VNA