With influencers, YouTubers and Artificial Intelligence drastically switching up the career landscapes, there’s no end to the amount of jobs currently available that haven’t been before.
1. AI Expert
Entry level role: IT Support Technician
From voice assistants and chatbots, to smart home devices and robot nannies (yes, really!), AI is reshaping our modern lives and the world as we know it. Scary or exciting?
Either way, artificial intelligence is fast becoming a popular degree choice, and as demands for revolutionary technology increase – and we become more dependent on smart devices – so too will careers in this dynamic field. As a result, AI and machine learning experts will play an increasingly important role in the future of our digital world. Watch this space.
Routes in: You could either start work with a technology, data or AI firm, as a support technician for example, after doing GCSEs or A levels. Alternatively, a higher or degree apprenticeship in IT would point you in the direction, as it means you could continue studying for further qualifications in the industry while also being paid.
2. Social Media Manager
Entry level role: Social Media / Marketing Assistant
Seeing how obsessed we all are with social media, why not go beyond using it for personal use? It’s almost unheard of for businesses to not engage with customers and the public via Twitter and Instagram now, and the social media animal is showing no sign of stopping. As companies invest more in their social positioning, the demand for Social Media Managers, Consultants and Strategists is rising.
Routes in: It’s important to show experience, so if you already manage, track and promote your own social media profiles? Great! You could start work with a social media or marketing company as an assistant and work your way up into a management position. You can also get into the role through a relevant university course, degree apprenticeship or by volunteering to manage a charity’s social media channels, for example.
3. User Experience (UX) Designer
Entry level role: Junior/Graduate UX Designer
Have you ever been on a website that’s difficult to navigate, or downloaded an app that’s ugly or impossible to use? UX Designers work to fix these errors, making our websites, apps and wearable tech easy, fun and enjoyable to use.
This dynamic career requires creativity, coding skills and passion for digital media to create beautiful, seamless technology that makes people’s daily lives easier. Fun!
Routes in: You’ll usually need academic qualifications such as a higher national diploma or degree in coding – or you could start by doing an apprenticeship in creative and digital media. Alternatively, you could start working for a company in the UX space or come in by having product or graphic design experience.
4. Robotics Engineer
Entry level role: Engineering Technician
Many films show robots and humans interacting together. Whilst R2-D2 and C-3PO may be fictional, in reality robots are playing a positive and helpful role in human lives. Just think about how often you use Alexa, or a Google Home.
Robots are being designed to explore places out of human reach, such as the surface of Mars and the depths of the ocean. They are also tasked with doing dangerous work, including diffusing landmines in war-torn countries.
Behind every robot is a talented team of Robotics Engineers, who use their programming, problem solving and design skills to develop cutting-edge robots. As the demand for automation grows, so too will the need for robotics specialists. Robotics Engineers are required in the automotive, aerospace and computer industries, amongst others – offering a flexible, varied and truly fascinating career.
Routes in: Qualifications and experience are important in engineering. But instead of A levels and university courses after GCSEs (though they are an option), you could do a degree apprenticeship, a higher national certificate (HNC) or a diploma (HND). You could then join a company as an engineering technician and train on the job to qualify as an engineer.
5. Sustainability Manager
Entry level role: Sustainability Intern
Whether it’s eco-friendly consultancy firms or teams dedicated to making the organisation greener, sustainability is becoming increasingly important to big businesses. WeForum note how even companies that aren’t working in ‘green’ sectors are hiring people to help them use their resources more effectively and make environmentally friendly decisions, to benefit both the company and the habitat around them.
Routes in: Geography at GCSE, A level or degree level could be a good place to start, but there are alternative opportunities. Apprenticeships are available in sustainable resource operations and management are available, as well as recycling operatives and junior energy managers.
6. Data Scientist
Entry level role: Junior Data Scientist
While data has always been around (funny that), never have we been more engaged and interested in what the data actually means. The industry involves collecting, interpreting and utilising relevant data sets into strategies for organisations, and using the structured, semi-structured and unstructured data to inform future decisions.
Routes in: Having a decent knowledge of coding definitely helps, as does an academic background in Computer science, Social sciences, Physical sciences, Mathematics or Statistics. From there, you can gain experience analysing data in a whole manner of industries – healthcare, physics, business.
7. Virtual Reality Developer
Entry level role: Product support technician
So we’ve discussed AI and we’ve looked at robots, but what about virtual reality? While VR headsets might not be in every household (yet), many are convinced the interactive computer-generated experience, which takes place in a simulated environment make up of virtual visuals and audio, is about to go mainstream.
Routes in: If higher education if your thing, a degree in IT or something tech related would be preferable, especially on an updated or new course where the content is relevant to new technologies. Otherwise, tech start ups or communications companies would be a good place to start – somewhere where you could learn the ropes and keep up to date with developing technology.
8. Content Creator
Entry level role: Junior content writer
Content content content. The internet is full of it, and whether it’s podcasts, YouTube channels, blogs or websites that you’re interested in, all of them need people to produce the material. The industry is sprawling, which means the opportunities are, too – TV shows need researchers, radio shows and podcasts need producers, and websites need writers. Bloggers need photographers and YouTubers need multimedia editors – or you could try to combine all of the above and try your own hand at influencing.
Routes in: As with social media managing, the internet is your friend when it comes to creating content, and there’s no end to the amount of skills you can both learn and show off on your own platforms. There are also heaps of relevant apprenticeships and placements in creative industries you could apply for, to work on alongside your personal brand.
Source: Dusty Baxter-Wrght at Cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitan