Dream Job: Online Gamer
What should young people do to prepare for the labor market of the future? What occupations will be in demand? Vocational counselor Alexandra Petrovitch talks about her experience advising young people.
A vocational counselor talks about her experiences.
How have young people’s dream jobs changed over the decades?
Today I’m sometimes asked how you can become an online gamer. Computers and new media are very popular fields right now, but there is also still great interest in working with children, creative trades and animal care.
The common stereotype of millennials is that they are self-indulgent and very demanding. Has that been your experience?
When you interact with them individually and show interest in them and their careers, students are very congenial. They want to learn more about opportunities and the job market. In that respect they don’t seem to be much different from the young people I knew ten or twenty years ago.
Are they well prepared for the new labor market?
They are used to constant change, much more so than earlier generations. That’s important, since they need to be far more flexible than their parents – given how rapidly the working world is changing.
What skills are currently especially important?
The nature of work itself has changed. In the past, it was all about the ability to solve problems as well as possible, which led to an emphasis on intellectual competence. Now there is more demand for creativity. [See accompanying article.] Generally speaking, people need to acquire skills that will allow them to work in a variety of fields – they need life skills. And now, as in the past, they need the ability to evaluate their own skills, and they need an awareness of their interests, characteristics and resources – this is the only way to find a field that is a good fit.
What does that mean for each individual?
Permanent jobs are increasingly rare. Long-term ties to one company are becoming a thing of the past; instead, we are seeing the rise of nomadic careers. This means that individuals must take responsibility for acquiring the skills they need. Their relationships with employers are like those of a service provider, so they have to fend for themselves.
What is the most important advice you have for young people?
It hasn’t changed over the years. It’s simple: Stay curious and discover the professional world for yourselves!