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.

Bulletin - - Jobs Of The Future - By Si­mon Brun­ner

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!

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