‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ It is hard to think of a more clichéd question in the context of career education and guidance. Many people still think of career decision-making in terms of picking a job to pursue post-education, which will then more or less define what the individual regards as their ‘career’. In a 21st-century context however, this rather linear image of career development no longer corresponds to how most people’s careers pan out.
Topics: career trends
On 20 August 2018, a 15-year-old schoolgirl ignored the advice of her parents to sit outside Swedish parliament with a painted banner. On her banner were the words skolstrejk för klimatet: school strike for climate. Little did she realise that her small act of rebellion would trigger a youth movement with global reach. The schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, has become an icon for the climate movement which has been gaining momentum in the UK throughout 2019.
Social media is everywhere, so it is not surprising that young people continue to show interest in the jobs that stem from it. In a survey of 7- to 11-year-olds carried out by the Education and Employers charity, social media and gaming appears fourth in the list of most popular jobs, (coming in at second place amongst boys).
Today, the top social media influencers are well-established on the world’s rich lists; and you can barely visit a city, beauty spot or tourist attraction without encountering people posing “for the ‘gram”. From bloggers to vloggers, YouTubers to Instagrammers, what are the issues for young people considering a career as a social media influencer?