School leavers 'dream of becoming influencers, app developers and drone pilots'

Today’s school leavers dream of becoming social media influencers and video games developers, new research suggests.

A report from Samsung’s Alternative Careers Guide found 16-to-18-year-olds were no longer interested in traditional careers such as accountancy, teaching or law.

In a survey of 3,000 school leavers, digital roles such as smart home designer, drone operator and social media manager were named among the 10 most popular dream careers. Vaccine developer also featured, perhaps prompted by the current coronavirus pandemic and the race to find a vaccine.

3D prop designer, software developer, vaccine developer and forensic computer analyst completed the top 10 alongside the most popular roles which were social media influencer, app developer and video games developer.

More than half of those asked (55%) said they believed traditional careers such as law and teaching are outdated, and they would rather pursue a more tech-focused career path.

The report also highlighted concerns among young people over the impact the coronavirus pandemic could have on their future, with 72% saying they were worried they could become a lost generation because of the virus outbreak, and 81% saying they were concerned about mass unemployment and a lack of job opportunities.

The majority of those asked (65%) said the traditional nine-to-five working pattern would become a thing of the past in the next five years as a result of the pandemic and lockdown

Just over half (55%) said they would not consider working for a company which had strict nine-to-five working hours, while 78% said they would choose a job with a good work-life balance over one with a high salary.



The research has been published as students across the UK receive exam results.

The Alternative Careers Guide has been created by Samsung to help those young people preparing to leave school to learn more about potential job paths into the tech sector. It includes a digital prospectus, with interviews fronted by radio and TV presenter Roman Kemp where he speaks to some people who have pursued tech careers such as drone operators and app developers.

“Like many people I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school, I didn’t know what kind of career I wanted when I was 18 – my first job was actually cleaning the toilets at my local gym! I ended up falling into radio presenting by accident,” Mr Kemp said.

“I was working in a studio when one day the presenter was off sick and they asked me to fill in for them, and it snowballed from there. Any young people who are feeling unsure about their next step should check out Samsung’s Alternative Careers Guide, it’s a great resource for learning more about tech-leading careers you may not have thought about.”

Tess Smillie, vice president of the people team at Samsung Europe HQ, UK and Ireland said: “Today’s job market has changed beyond all recognition from the one which existed 25 years ago and there is a wealth of new technology-based roles that many people don’t even know exist.

“Samsung is at the forefront of technological change and we believe it is our responsibility to guide young people through the new opportunities that are out there.”

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