You’ve probably heard the term “millenials” thrown around dozens of times, normally to describe yourself and friends/co-workers/acquaintances in a specific age group. Fun Fact: The term ‘millennial’ is used to refer to anyone born from 1981 to 1996, who make up the majority of the current workforce.
While the millennial group, like everyone else, would enjoy being gainfully employed, studies have shown that most millennials are changing the workforce and how it operates; and that includes the kind of job scopes considered.
In this article, we explore some unique career options of interest to millennials.
1. Advertising Executive
You know those ads that you see almost everywhere? The highway, the cinema, while scrolling through social media? Well, meet the folks behind them – advertising executives. These individuals supervise the production of ad campaigns, and develop plans to increase sales for their clients business. They generally serve as liaisons between clients and their agency and deciding the core message of a campaign. This is a huge responsibility, given that these ads often represent the public perception of a company’s brand and core company values!
As an advertising executive, you would be working closely with multiple departments, such as the creative team, marketing team, etc. This has multiple benefits, as you will be able to understand the business as best as you possibly can and also carry out your job effectively (after all, teamwork is a great efficiency booster!).
2. Social Media Management
Social media management is the process of managing your online presence on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. How is this done? By creating, publishing, and analysing content you post. In addition, social media management includes engaging and interacting with social media users.
Given its cost-effective and high-reach nature, social media is now one of the more popular tools for advertising for businesses. After all, haven’t we all seen online ads for various outlet stores and apps while scrolling through Instagram or Twitter? Social Media management enables these businesses to come up with an effective marketing strategy, while driving business goals and reaching out to a larger market, thereby hooking potential customers. With the rapid development of the Digital Economy, social media clearly plays a major role in the success of a business.
3. Production Assistant
Production assistants (or PA’s) work in film or television production. The position may be based in an office or even directly on the set. PA’s are sort of all-in-one’s – the role has no set tasks as they vary from project to project. As a PA, you’d have to handle just about anything and everything, from getting coffee to making script copies to shuttling crew or equipment around town as and when necessary. PA’s may work in a production company’s office doing clerical duties or on the set, assisting any of a number of departments. Your main role is to ensure that production runs as smoothly and as problem-free as possible. Get ahead in this field with field knowledge (such as technical terms), strong communication and technology-based skills and have some people skills. No doubt, the relevant training comes in handy to ease your way into the job!
4. Ethical Hacker
Ethical Hackers are IT (Information Technology) professionals who are hired to hack into company security and network systems, but it’s for a good reason! Ethical hackers, in hacking into these systems, are responsible for figuring out weaknesses in a company’s IT systems. They are also in charge of averting any malicious hackers from accessing said systems.
Protecting private data is now one of the most critical survival methods for a business. Consequently, ethical hackers are now highly in demand to shield organisations from unethical and malicious attacks and attackers.
5. Software Developers and Programmers
Software developers are the brains behind the apps and computer programmes we use on a daily basis. That budgeting programme you’ve been using to keep track of your spending, the messaging app you use to contact friends and family around the world, the computer programmes you use for assignments and work – you can thank software developers for each and every one of them!
Some software developers may focus on a specific programme or app while others create giant networks or underlying systems that help trigger and power other programmes. They are also responsible for maintaining current systems and performing further upgrades, collaborating with other developers, UX designers, etc and training users.