Top jobs you might not know about...and how your kids can get them!

Tom Laws
06 March, 2019 : 15:00
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Today's popular roles are a world away from those on offer when you took your first steps onto the career ladder. It's safe to say that rapid technological developments, such as advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), are switching up the careers landscape. The introduction of coding into the national school curriculum for children as young as five signifies the importance of technology in our ever-advancing digital world. And as the Fourth Industrial Revolution progresses, it can be hard to keep track of the opportunities available to your children!

As its National Careers Week, now is the perfect time to sit down with your child for a chat about how they can make their mark in this dynamic era.

Whether they're passionate about programming, social media or something else, it's safe to say that it's certainly an exciting time for your kids to be stepping into the world of work. Here are some of the top jobs leading the way in tomorrow’s world…

AI Experts

From voice assistants and chatbots, to smart home devices and robot nannies (yes, really!), it’s evident that AI is reshaping our modern lives and the world as we know it.

AI is already becoming a popular degree choice. As demands for this 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.

Social Media Manager

The way we engage with media has changed fundamentally in the last decade. Whilst we used to read the morning newspaper over our Corn Flakes, it’s now common to scroll through your Twitter feed to see what’s going on in the world.

However, social media is not just for our personal use - it is also the frontline for businesses to engage with customers and the public, and this is only set to increase. As companies invest more in their social channels, the demand for Social Media Managers is rising.

This career would be the perfect fit for someone with a creative streak and natural flair for language, who prides themselves on being hot on the latest digital trends.

User Experience (UX) Designer

Ever had a bad experience using an app? User Experience Designers work their coding magic to fix apps that are ugly and impossible to use, or websites that are difficult to navigate - making our tech devices easy, fun and enjoyable to use.

This dynamic career will provide your child with the opportunity to use their eye for design, programming skills and passion for digital media to create beautiful, seamless technology that makes people’s daily lives easier.

Robotics Engineer

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.

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 your child a flexible, varied and truly fascinating future career.

Cyber Intelligence Officer

The rise in technology has created many liberties, but it has also generated vulnerabilities. In a world where cyberattacks are headline news, companies need to ensure that their data is safe - that's where Cyber Intelligence Officers come in.

Calling all computer whizzes! If your child is good with numbers and computers, they can put their analytical skills to great use by warding off malicious hackers; keeping people's data safe and protecting a range of organisations, from banks and media giants to governments and intelligence agencies.

For more information about your child’s career options, you can Explore Careers here or get involved in the National Careers Service’s #10YearCareerChallenge.

To find out more about the information, advice and guidance offered by the National Careers Service click here. If you want to chat to a careers adviser about available options, call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.


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Tom Laws
Tom began working as a Careers Adviser for the National Careers Service in 2012, where he completed his Level 3 NVQ in Advice and Guidance, and has been working as a careers and youth adviser since 2010.
He graduated from York St John University in 2008 and is currently undertaking a Digital Marketing apprenticeship.
Previously he has worked in a range of different careers, from sound design on computer games, installing flooring for a hotel chain and coaching sport in schools.

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