Previous generations grew up wanting to be doctors and lawyers, but with advances in technology and the growth of social media, jobs that were previously unheard of are now lucrative professions. Even old fields now require new skills and knowledge.
Thinking about what’s next? Get inspired by these millennials working in areas that are on the rise.
Career peg: Javi Almirante, 22
What he does: “I not only code games, but also design their mechanics, make the art, and put them all together!” While game creators have been around for some time, there is a higher demand now with everyone having a game console (i.e., mobile phone) in hand.
How he got into it: A video game fan since he was five, Javi saw the possibility of a career in the field when his Computer Science teacher opened a game development class.
Skills needed: “It depends on which part of the game you’re working on, but generally programming backgrounds and artistic backgrounds are useful. Math and design skills are great.”
Biggest challenge: “You’re not just making art, not just coding or making music; you’re doing all of it in the context of a game and all of them have to work together.”
How you can do it: “Be flexible. Having backgrounds in different fields can help both when making a game as an individual or when trying to bridge gaps between members of a team. Know your strengths and fill in your shortcomings with team members or with new things to learn. But most importantly, start. It’s easy to learn by yourself in this day and age especially with all the resources online.”
Career peg: Dan Caisido, 24
What she does: “We put data to good use by providing analyses using statistical techniques, use data mining tools to extract and process datasets, and create substantial comparisons and develop a model that can predict a certain outcome.” Statistics and data analysis are nothing new but they now employ ever-evolving software and involve programming.
How she got into it: “At first, I really had no idea why I chose statistics. I just wanted to be more inclined to math. Now, I can confidently say this has been one of the random-turned-significant decisions I’ve made so far! You can practically go anywhere as every company needs a statistician (more widely known as data analyst).”
Skills needed: “You need to love both numbers and alphabets as this is not just computational math—you also need to be creative in explaining these numbers in a contextual manner. You should also be knowledgeable on statistical software and you must be flexible in learning some programming languages.”
Biggest challenge: “Incorporating the ‘programmer’ side. That’s where the battle begins!”
How you can do it too: “Not everything is taught in school—you learn while doing the process. Be critical in handling your data to avoid errors; be resourceful in generating your outputs; be ready to level up some skills such as programming; and always be open to learn new things. Lastly, be statistically significant.”
Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger
Career peg: Gretchen Gatan, 29
How she got into it: With a passion for writing and a degree in Creative Writing, Gretchen worked as a copywriter at an ad agency then as an account manager at a digital marketing agency, where she learned about social media marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). Still a writer at heart, she started her blog in 2013. “I was just very fortunate that because of my writing and my knowledge in digital marketing, I was able to slowly grow it into what it is now.”
Skills needed: “Writing well and keeping your audience engaged. I’m not a photographer so I don’t take the best shots, but I try my best to tell the most interesting and relatable stories. Knowledge in digital marketing (especially in social media marketing, analytics, and SEO). Having a network will benefit you, too. I’ve always been extremely introverted but I had to push myself to meet new people and build relationships—especially during events.”
Biggest challenge: “In the five years that I’ve been blogging, it’s become a profitable career. But I don’t think blogging alone is something that can sustain me. I know this because I tried it for half a year. [But] I do know some who have made it their full-time jobs and can manage to support themselves despite not having a fixed income.”
How you can do it too: “Write well and harness your creativity, invest in a good camera, stay true to yourself, and be patient.”
Influencer Marketing Expert
Career peg: Ace Gapuz, 28
What she does: Chief Executive Officer, Blogapalooza Inc., an influencer marketing company bridging businesses with bloggers and social media influencers for content creation and marketing communications campaigns
How she got into it: “I started blogging when I was 11 years old! I think that gives me so much leverage in terms of knowledge in the industry and how it has evolved through the years … I’ve been running Blogapalooza Inc. since 2015 and positioned the company from being the annual event that many people know it for to being a comprehensive influencer marketing company.”
Skills needed: “Marketing knowledge and strategic thinking are the mandatories, not only the theoretical things that you learn in school, but also those that you need to ‘instinctively’ have. I say this because influencer marketing is a unique industry, a cross between advertising and public relations. To really gain reputability in this space, one has to have sound knowledge and experience in these fields. Also, of course, just like in any other business, connections and contacts are powerful leverages.”
Biggest challenge: “While the field is lucrative, we also still have a couple of challenges in terms of metrics, regulations, and standards.”
How you can do it too: “The most important thing that one needs to take care of is the network of influencers and the reputation that you have. Because you’re in influencer marketing, you also have to build your influence, which takes time and effort because people have to see you, trust you, remember you.”
Aerial and Underwater Cinematographer
Career peg: Boogs Rosales, 30
What he does: Cinematographer, Managing Director of Studio H2O, specializing in aerial and underwater cinematography
How he got into it: Boogs started taking pictures as a hobby, turned it into a profession, and went on to motion pictures. “As a storyteller, I’m always looking for ways to see places and things from unique perspectives. I bought my first drone four years ago because I felt that that’s exactly what it would allow me to do. Same goes for my underwater camera, which I’ve had since I learned to dive in 2008.”
Skills needed: “You need to understand how your tools work and know it by heart. That’s the only way you’ll get to push it to its limits.”
Biggest challenge: “It’s very equipment intensive, and there is a tendency to spend more than you earn when starting out.”
How you can do it too: “Get a camera, go outside, and start filming.”