What's the perfect job for you? Ask your five-year-old self

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  • The jobs that we aspired to when we were children reflect our passions and talents, say experts
  • LinkedIn's childhood jobs survey reveals 30.3% of people are either currently in that dream job or a related role
  • Childhood aspirations are shaped by the people, standards and social expectations that surround us

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(CNN)When you were young, what did you dream of being "when you grew up"? Is it what you've ended up doing?

You may dismiss those childhood aspirations as unrealistic now you're an adult with responsibilities and bills to pay, but that role reflected what you enjoyed doing and who you were at that time.
"The dream jobs we aspire to as children are a window into our passions and talents," says LinkedIn's career expert Nicole Williams. "Identifying and understanding those passions are key to improving our performance and enjoyment of the jobs we currently do, even if they aren't specific to the careers we dreamed of as kids."
    So, what influences our childhood aspirations?
    When she was a young girl, Meredith Haberfeld wanted to be a librarian like her grandmother was.