As a social and content creator for 42workspace I am intrigued by all the companies that are housed within this coworkingspace. I have seen VR games, 360 camera’s and innovative apps being created. Is this the future? And how will this change in my own life when it comes to my career? Whilst asking myself this question I was reading my monthly Glamour UK magazine. I came across an article called: ’10 jobs for the next ten 10 years’. This article written by Caroline O’Donoghue inspired me and I am pretty sure it will inspire you too! Tech and digital is always seen as a geeky subject that is usually handled by men. Not anymore! Get reading!
“The answer is ‘coding’, isn’t it?” I’m telling a friend about this feature on jobs of the future, and she’s exhausted already. “I’m so tired of hearing that, to get work in 2027, I must learn how to code. What if I don’t have time for that?” I don’t blame her: it can feel like the only future-proof career advice is ‘become a tech whiz and launch an app’. It’s true that 47% of jobs could be mechanised – financial software could put accountants out of a job; artificial intelligence (AI) may replace customer service; Google is even funding a news agency where computers write the stories. But while certain industries will change, it’s more about how we change with them. So, if you’re looking for a job switch, consider one of these…
Unless you’re Donald Trump, you’ll accept that climate change is a threat. Currently, the focus is on preventing further damage, but soon we’ll have to look at reversing it altogether. A report by Fast Future,
The Shape Of Jobs To Come, says a “new breed of engineer-scientists… need to apply multi-disciplinary solutions, such as erecting giant umbrellas to deflect the sun’s rays”. Reversal specialists will need to rebuild ecosystems such as rainforests and ocean beds, too.
”A degree in film studies has rarely been a passport to riches – until now”
With 5.8 million cybercrimes a year, and Facebook and Twitterincidents reported every 45 minutes, lawyers dealing with these will be a hot commodity. Rupinder Bains is MD of internet law firm Pinder Reaux & Associates. “We’ve taken on many bullying and trolling cases,” she says, “and have recently succeeded in forcing Facebook to disclose details of the bullies. We were the first firm to do this, which shows the importance of social media lawyers.”
Yep, that’s ‘farmer’ with a ‘p’. With global water shortages inevitable – it’s predicted southern Africa alone will see a 15% decline in wheat by 2030 – the genetically modified market is about to explode. Enter the pharmer, who uses both tech and agricultural know-how to raise carefully engineered crops and livestock to improve harvest. “Crops may also be grown with beneficial chemicals – think ‘cancer curing’ sunflowers,” says futurist Rohit Talwar. We’ll also see a boom in ‘vertical farming’: “hydroponically-fed food grown under artificial light in multi-storey buildings to save water”, according to Rohit. These are kicking off in places such as New Jersey (claimed to be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm at 70,000 sq ft), Dundee and Deptford.
You know when you’re really focused on a piece of work and totally in the zone? There’ll be a pill for that, Limitless-style – and an entire industry to go with it. “It’s what we call ‘getting into the flow’,” says David. “And there’ll be drugs to get to that state more quickly. Some people might say it’s cheating, but I think it’ll be huge. The more we learn about the brain, the more we want it to work faster.” And anyone with a psychological or pharmaceutical background is going to want to brush up on these, in David’s words, “mental orgasms”. Oo-er.
A degree in film studies has rarely been a passport to riches – until now. VR is the biggest thing in tech: Facebook has invested around £1.5billion in it, and Google sells boxy VR headsets for £15. It’s up to the next generation of creatives to come up with stories that people want to snap on a headset for, and turn VR from a niche interest to the 21st-century equivalent of cinema.
In 2014, Amazon snapped up Twitch – which live-streams gaming – for $970million. Yep, that’s almost $1billion (approx £857million) to watch people playing video games. It’s a thriving mini-industry and, says Professor Miah, “As eSports rise, so do the prize money and the number of events.” In 2016, the League of Legends World Championship had a prize pool of more than £3.7million. “Players are signed to world clubs, and traditional sports are looking to eSports for the next generation of athletes.” Turns out all those hours spent playing Crash Bandicoot didn’t go to waste.