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Australians are a content bunch in their work, with lofty ambitions for the future, a new survey reveals. LinkedIn professionals’ career ambitions show we rank 10th out of global ranking as showing the most positive attitude in the workplace. The disgruntled Japanese were ranked as the least happy of the lot.

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Who needs work when you’ve got waves! Aussies have a positive outlook on the 9 to 5. Image: Aquabumps.

The survey asking 900 Aussie professionals, showed most had workplace ambitions including promotion, working overseas or a complete career change.

64 percent told LinkedIn they are “happy” or “very happy” with their current job, behind the Americans (6th place) and the Dutch who ranked as happiest with 80% happy rating.

“A tough economy can make professionals appreciate facets of their job they might otherwise overlook when business is booming,” said LinkedIn’s Connection Director, Nicole Williams.

“Perhaps you didn’t get the raise you wanted this year, but you are appreciative of an amazing supportive manager who keeps an eye out for opportunities that will help you grow in your career.”

The survey also listed out seven different career ambitions and asked professionals to select which ones applied to them.

On a global scale, the No. 1 career ambition for professionals globally is getting promoted.

With regards to the future, Aussie came 10th place as among the most optimistic workers globally, behind Brazilians who came out top, saying if they work hard and demonstrate results, they have a good opportunity to advance in their company.

 

Spanish professionals ranked as being the least optimistic with only 44% agreeing that if they work hard and demonstrate results, they have a good opportunity to advance in their company.

In the U.S. the top three career ambitions professionals selected were:to get promoted, staying in the current job or to retire early.

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