As the global population increases, so does the need for job opportunities. So many new occupations have been born as we travelled through the ages, occupations that nobody even dreamed about until merely a few years ago.
The Internet, one of the greatest man-made inventions since the telephone, is also one of the best platforms of new-age job creation. Various kinds of Designers, Developers, Animators, Photographers, Social Media Managers, Content Writers, Copywriters, SEO Consultants, AdWords Operatives and a host of other new job-types have tackled the unemployment rate to some degree.
The mighty Internet offers so many benefits, like on-line shopping, Internet Banking, mobile GPS systems and libraries, communication, and many tutorials to help excel our careers and hobbies.
The best fringe benefit that the Internet provides is the coveted “working-from-home” aspect. With email and Skype communications, an entire archive of resources to Google, thousands of different software programs, and the latest public relations and marketing needs and demands, we find a lot more people working from home. Some even go as far as to start their own businesses from the comfort of their own property. This goes on to help save fuel and time spent on transportation to and from the office, as well as provide further benefit to those who are required to stay close to home for their children or health reasons.
The sad part, at least throughout South Africa, is that computer studies are not as focussed upon as it should be. Some, less fortunate, schools do not even have the proper computers or technology (or sometimes education) to teach children the essential computing skills required today. Browsing the ‘net’, typing an email in the proper format, setting up a Facebook and LinkedIn account, shopping on-line, or even looking for a new home or job; these are some aspects where computing skills can help kids and adults transition into a growing career path as fast as possible.
But for those who have already found the wonders that the Internet provides (and have come to understand the accompanied dangers as well), there is some amazing money, and more, to be made and added to the economic world.
If you’re looking to explore careers in the ever-advancing world of the wide web, here are a few basic questions to help you start taking some advantage of the Internet and to prevent from falling behind in a world that becomes more over-populated and job-tight every year:
- Do you know more than three functions that computers are used for?
- Do you know the difference between software and hardware?
- Do you know the differences between a Browser, a Website and the Internet?
- Do you know the benefits of social websites (like Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud)?
- Do you know where Animations, Films, Songs and Computer/Video Games come from?
- Do you know the concepts of Internet Banking?
- Do you know how to use the Internet as a resource for finding services, jobs, housing and products?
“Adding “Proficient in Microsoft Office” at the bottom of your résumé under Skills, is not going to cut it anymore,” writes Forbes.com contributing writer and entrepreneurial guru, Jason Nazar, in his article, 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get, “I immediately give preference to candidates who are ninjas in: Photoshop, HTML/CSS, iOS, WordPress, AdWords, MySQL, Balsamiq, advanced Excel, Final Cut Pro – regardless of their job position. If you plan to stay gainfully employed, you better complement that humanities degree with some applicable technical chops.”
In modern society, and in general, we should start educating our children to at least be aware of the intellectual and ever-expanding collection of occupations, and their affects within various businesses and communities. The only way to make informed and beneficial choices for the lifestyle and career we one day wish to lead is by being fully aware of how and why everything works around us.