Five Cool Jobs We Wish Were Available To Us Ten Years Ago


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Five Cool Jobs We Wish Were Available To Us Ten Years Ago

We officially have job envy.

With the emergence of new industries and the advancement in technology, the career landscape looks remarkably different now compared to, say, ten years ago.

Back in the day, it’s either you become a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer, or you’ll be labelled as a loser failure. These days, however, kids growing up have more options to choose from.

Yup, it's a thing.
Yes, doctors and lawyers are still noble professions, but now, there are some higher paying, more fun jobs that sadly, just didn’t exist a decade ago.

Here are five of the coolest ‘new’ jobs out there that we wished were available for us way back then:

#1 Professional gamer

Turn your hobby into a job.
Yes guys, being a professional gamer is now a thing. Being a professional gamer qualifies as a full-time job because one has to commit to almost an entire day of ‘training’ and slaving away in front of the computer, like what we are doing right now. The only difference is, if you’re really good at this job, you could bring home a RM16.8mil pay cheque.

With the government planning to turn Malaysia into an e-sports hub in the near future, we can kinda confirm that e-gaming is an industry that will not die so soon. If you’re already spending hours in front of your PC, why not go professional, right?

Man, if we only knew, we would’ve played more video games when we were younger.

#2 Social media influencer

Mini celebrity.
As much as we don’t want to admit this is a real job, the truth is, being a social media influencer is the dream job for kids these days. You’ll have the fame of an online celebrity and boy, it certainly pays.

These days, more and more brands out there are engaging social media influencers to market their products, and it’s easy to see why: a famous influencer can expose a brand to thousands and thousands of people with just one Instagram post, for a fraction of the price.

Compared to other traditional jobs, it’s not really that difficult to become a social media influencer: all you need is an Instagram account, a dedicated Instagram Husband (or Wife) to help you take pretty pictures and lots of content. 

If only social media existed while we were growing up…

#3 App designer

Build your own passion.
When we were growing up, the only designer jobs that were available for us were either interior, or graphic. While both will give you an exciting and fulfilling career, nothing beats working as an app designer.

There are currently 3.8 million apps on Google Play and around 2 million on the Apple App Store, and it was revealed that as many as 60,000 new apps are added monthly. The reason for the growth is simple: anyone can become an app designer, even if you’re just nine years old.

You don’t need a university degree to become an app designer. With an abundant of resources around you, like Apple’s Developer Program, to help you build and market your app, all you need is a good original app idea and a great marketing plan.

If you’re someone who has lots of cool ideas, being an app designer could be your calling.

#4 Robotics engineer

Pilot your own robot.If you come from a traditional Asian family where the only acceptable job is being a doctor, lawyer or an engineer (RIP you!), this is one career option for you.

A specialised type of engineer, a robotics engineer is responsible for designing and creating robots or robotic systems that are able to perform duties that a human can’t. Through their creations, a robotics engineer helps to make jobs easier, safer and more efficient. Just think of yourself as a real-life Tony Stark. 

One potential con though: you could be creating a robot that will be replacing you in the future. Or worse, you could be responsible for the rise of Skynet. Still, being a robotics engineer is much more fun than working at a power plant.

#5 Commercial drone pilot

Hey, you're still a pilot.
If you, like us, do not have the perfect eyesight to become a real pilot, this could be the next best thing.

What started off as a hobby, drone flying is now a viable career choice. Over the years, several industries have increasingly utilised drones as part of their operations, such as for land surveillance, infrastructure inspection and yes, even film production.

As a commercial drone pilot, your main job is to manage the flight operations for commercial unmanned vehicles or fleets. In short, it means that you get to fly drones every day and get paid for it.   

Pretty interesting, right? If you get to re-pick your career choice again, which of these new careers would you dabble in?

While it’s hard for some of us to just change careers (sigh), those who still have no idea what they want to do when they grow up will have a chance to experience some of these new age jobs at the upcoming #mydigitalmaker Fair 2018.

The fair, jointly organised by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the Ministry of Education, will take place from 29 to 30 September at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

On top of preparing Malaysian youths for jobs in the digital world and exposing them to digital creativity and innovation, the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2018 is also designed to provide students - and even parents and teachers - with some hands-on digital experience.

Get a hands-on experience at the fair.
Game on!At the fair, attendees can take part in a wide variety of activities such as drone making and racing, 3D printing, robot designing, website and app coding and even career talks.

The fair is going to be a blast, judging by what went down last year:

The #mydigitalmaker Fair 2018 is part of the #mydigitalmaker Movement, an initiative implemented by Malaysia to futureproof its youth for the future of work.

Launched in August 2016, the #mydigitalmaker Movement aims to transform Malaysian youth from being users of digital technology to digital producers, focusing on skills such as coding, app development, robotics and embedded programming, just to name a few.

For more information of the fair or the Movement, head on over to their website by clicking here.

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